News National Movie Advisor: Enough Said

Movie Advisor: Enough Said

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In James Gandolfini’s last on-screen appearance before his tragic death, he stars in Enough Said as Albert, a loveable divorcee who has all but given up on the dating game. He meets his match in Eva (Seinfeld‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a massage therapist who is lonely and lost following her own divorce. The two enter an easy relationship which appears to glide along nicely until Eva finds out Albert’s ex wife, Marriane, is one of her clients.

Stephen A. Russell says: With Enough Said, writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Please Give, Friends with Money) has delivered a reassuringly honest portrayal of two middle-aged divorcees that’s devoid of the usually soul-destroying tropes of the drearily unoriginal rom-com genre offerings of late. It’s an undoubtedly strong cast, and Holofcener’s script rings true for the most part, but I can’t help feeling that even at a measly 90 minutes, the film could have used just a tad more oomph. It takes a considerably long time for the central plot twist to kick in, which is a bit of a shame because Enough Said is immediately stronger for it. Louis-Dreyfus is an eminently likeable screen presence, even as Eva occasionally infuriates, and it’s great to see her in a role that doesn’t require her textbook comic abrasiveness. Likewise, Gandolfini is achingly loveable as a gentle guy with an innate sense of pride, licking his wounds from his own failed marriage. Thoroughly enjoyable, as a character study it’s pitch perfect, and definitely a cut above for the genre, even if it lacks a little drive at times. The unlikely pairing of Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus really sings onscreen, crackling with undeniable chemistry. (Courtesy of The Lowdownunder).

Entertainment Weekly says: “Enough Said is bittersweet…because of James Gandolfini’s exquisite teddy bear of a performance. It shows us how rare love is — and how we need to grab it and not let it go.”

Rotten Tomatoes says: 95% – “Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way.”

The Guardian says: “This film is a smart and winning story about what is involved in the painful re-illusionment of middle-aged love.”

The Telegraph says: “Holofcener’s script is brilliant on the nuances of character and dialogue. Dreyfus − funny, frank, vulnerable − holds our sympathy as Eva, even at moments when the character doesn’t fully deserve it. But it is Gandolfini…who provides the film’s moral gravitas.”

Twitter says:

Journalist @glennsumi: “Enough Said was a lovely movie for grown-ups. Wise and funny and sad and true. With great warmth and chemistry between leads.”

Entertainment writer for the LA Times @MeredithBlake: “Finally saw Enough Said tonight. Pretty much a perfect movie. Gandolfini is just heartbreakingly good.”

Baseball writer @robneyer: “Just saw Enough Said. The leads are brilliant, and the movie would be hailed as a masterpiece if Woody Allen had made it.”

Kids? It’s rated M so 12 and up would be fine, but it will be lost on them.

Watch it: On a date night, a rainy day or anytime you just need to feel a little better about human nature.