REVIEW: ENOUGH SAID
SYNOPSIS: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex. ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.
REVIEW: The catch-22 for most sitcom or television stars who want to become movie stars is that the very thing that makes them TV favorites (the exaggerated qualities of the characters for which they have become beloved and wealthy), is precisely what strangles them on the big screen. David Schwimmer, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelsey Grammer are perfect examples of folks that seems restrained by the success of their TV personas. Studio movies written for them inevitably turn out to be movies in which stars play weak variations of their TV selves, only just not as endearing. Iím not implying that itís impossible to break out, of course and as a matter of fact we have many fine examples with the likes of Tom Hanks and others whom have done just fine.
Having said this, simply having the brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the lead all but guarantees that you are going to get plenty of laughs. So it stands to reason that Enough Said has the potential to propel the Seinfeld star in to the stratosphere of big-screen stardom over night; and if not for the unfortunate circumstance, The Sopranos' late great, James Gandolfini would have probably benefited equally. My simple prediction here is that the latest prime-time player to drive their own, pardon the expression, feature-film vehicles will be Julia Louis-Dreyfus as this arguably is her greatest big-screen performance to date. Nevertheless, both actors display the charm for which they are so widely admired, in their respective television roles and each is not hampered, to any greater or lesser degree, by the big screen presentation here.
On to the movie, the first observation that needs to be made is that it is an incredibly funny flick, with an odd triangular romantic plot that adds a certain texture and awkwardness to the story, as well as providing plenty of off-the-cuff type of hilarity. Every element of the movie seems like it just falls right into place. The timing of the conversations really feels authentic, and the dialogue completely natural, which makes the story of middle age romance hit home that much harder. This is likely an area that surely is more relatable to an older audience; however, it still contains familiar elements to those of us from a younger demographic. Also quite noticeable amongst the unpredictability of Enough Said, are two constants that remain: time will always press on, and history has a way of circling around on itself. Both of which are expressed in the closing sequences of our leading couple, with Louis-Dreyfus along with us, quietly staring at Gandolfiniís calm smile for what may be the last time on screen.
Enough said! This latest release from director/writer Nicole Holofcener (Sex and the City, 1998-2000) is simply a wonderful romantic comedy that deserves the theater visit with four and a half stars out of five, to back it up. It has the potential to be the best date night movie audiences will experience for the year.
By Movi-Man Stan
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