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Blu-ray Review: Enough Said

January 14, 2014

Enough Said Blu-ray CoverEnough Said – A Fox Searchlight Release

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/enoughsaid/

Blu-ray Release Date: January 14th, 2014

Rated PG for sexual content and mature themes

Running time: 93 minutes

Nicole Holofcener (dir.)

Nicole Holofcener (writer)

Marcelo Zarvos (music)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eva

James Gandolfini as Albert

Toni Collette as Sarah

Catherine Keener as Marianne

Our reviews below:

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Enough Said Blu-ray Review By John Corrado

***1/2 (out of 4)

After the divorced Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and the charming Albert (James Gandolfini) first meet at a party, the two find themselves falling for each other, sharing the common bond of both having daughters going away to college.  But then Eva learns that her new friend and latest massage client Marianne (Catherine Keener) is actually Albert’s ex-wife, and she struggles to keep their relationship going as she constantly hears why his first marriage broke up.

Director Nicole Holofcener has a gift for writing observational comedy mixed in with equally affecting quieter moments between the characters, and Enough Said is a fine showcase for her talents.  The cast does a great job making the screenplay feel natural as the late James Gandolfini lights up the screen in one of his final roles, providing a bittersweet quality to many of his scenes.  An enjoyable and nicely written romantic comedy that is particularly worth seeing for the wonderful supporting work of James Gandolfini, you can read more of my thoughts on Enough Said right here.

The Blu-ray includes second takes and promotional featurettes.

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Enough Said Blu-ray Review By Erin V.

***1/2 (out of 4)

Enough Said premiered at TIFF this past September, and is now coming to DVD.  The film centres around Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus), a masseuse, who is a divorced single parent to her teenage daughter Ellen (Tracey Faraway).  At a party, she meets a couple of new clients including Marianne (Catherine Keener), something that is not unusual for her, but this time she meets someone else as well.  A man named Albert (the late James Gandolfini) who invites her out on a date.

Eva has been out of the dating game for a while so she is at first unsure, but Albert is sweet and very relatable to her.  He also has a teenage daughter (Eve Hewson), who like her own daughter, is about to head off to college out of state.  As their relationship develops, Eva and Albert really start to enjoy their time together, until Eva starts hearing things about Albert from an accidental meeting with his ex-wife.  Eva struggles to figure out whether to trust her own intuition about someone she really is starting to love, or someone else’s possibly skewered opinions.

Enough Said is really well done, and the performances are nailed by the two leads.  It is sweet, believable, and a very refreshing take on the middle-age centred rom-com.  The film garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and has been nominated for/won countless other film critics and guild awards, including many for James Gandolfini, who unfortunately died last summer.  Fans of his work will want to be sure to check this one out.

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Enough Said Blu-ray Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Enough Said is a charming romantic comedy.  Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced mother of a teen daughter.  Albert (James Gandolfini) is also divorced and has a teen daughter.  The two meet and fall in love.  They are both sweet, believable people.  But when Eva’s friend Marianne (Catherine Keener) complains about her ex-husband’s minor, benign habits, little does she know that this is Albert being discussed.

This is a pleasant film.  Albert was one of James Gandolfini’s last roles before he died, and Gandolfini plays him beautifully.  Albert is a very sweet person, very kind and caring.  Enough Said is a nice film that is worth checking out.

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Enough Said Blu-ray Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

The saying “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” can also apply to relationships.  Just because someone thinks of their ex-spouse as an unappealing loser doesn’t mean someone new won’t find them charming and appealing.  That’s the story of Enough Said, the romantic comedy by writer/director Nicole Holofcener.

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a masseuse and divorced single mother of college-bound daughter Ellen (Tracey Faraway).  Albert (James Gandolfini) is an easygoing TV archivist who is also divorced and has a daughter, Tess (Eve Hewson), also heading off to college.  Eva and Albert meet at a party and strike up a casual friendship.  After a couple of dates, they realize they are completely comfortable with each other, and a sweet romantic relationship begins.

Things get a little complicated when it turns out that Eva’s new client, Marianne (Catherine Keener) is Albert’s ex-wife.  When Marianne is going on and on about her loser of an ex, Eva has no idea she is referring to her sweet new boyfriend.  Enough Said works thanks to James Gandolfini’s incredibly sweet and honest portrayal of an average, ordinary guy.  What you see is what you get with Albert.  The rest of the cast all turn in good performances and the movie as a whole has a light, comedic feel to it.

Check this one out if you like romantic comedies and especially if you want to see one of the late James Gandolfini’s final performances.  Enough Said is a sweet movie.

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Enough Said Blu-ray Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Enough Said revolves around the relationship of Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini). Both divorced for years and with their only daughters going off to college, they are very comfortable together, until Eva realizes that one of her massage clients, Marianne (Catherine Keener) is Albert’s ex-wife, pointing out all his faults that could threaten their happiness.

As the pivotal character in every scene, Julia Louis-Dreyfus carries the movie brilliantly. Eva’s sweet vulnerability, not only with Albert and Marianne, but also with her daughter and close friends (Toni Collette & Ben Falcone), resonates with the audience as she struggles with conflicting emotions. Albert is no less vulnerable but he has come to terms with who he is, so wrong for Marianne but someone Eva can really live with if she gives him a chance. Everything in this film rings true, from the sensitive script to every detail of casting and production.

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Consensus: A refreshingly mature and nicely written romantic comedy from Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said is carried by the delightful performance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus with wonderful supporting work from the late James Gandolfini.  ***1/4 (Out of 4)

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