Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Enough Said

After a busy few months, it’s time to catch up on some review-writing (however brief), starting with a film Kathy and I watched a month ago. As you know, I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, but I decided to give Enough Said a chance because James Gandolfini is not a typical rom-com lead (and he died earlier this year) and because it was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, whose last film was the thoroughly delightful Please Give (2010; reviewed below). 

Enough Said was not as good as Please Give, but I wasn’t disappointed. Gandolfini and his co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus were great in the lead roles, with excellent support from Catherine Keener in the third major role. Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus play Albert and Eva, two insecure middle-aged divorced parents of older daughters trying one more time to make romance work. Their actions, dialogue and responses all feel very natural, which was a strength of Please Give as well. As a result, Enough Said is a big step up from your average Hollywood rom-com and gets a solid ***. My mug is up.

1 comment:

  1. Very good film. If I were nitpicky, I'd disagree about the "excellent support" from Carolyn Keener (her acting has never quite worked for me) - consider how the conversations between Gandolfini an Dreyfus sound so much more comfortable than those with Keener. But then maybe Keener just always plays characters that annoy me. And sometimes the movie tries to hard to prove their indie-realism. But I agree on the *** - Two mugs up!