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ENOUGH SAID Blu-ray Review

Enough Said
PG-13....93 min.....Comedy, Drama, Romance
January 14, 2014

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© 2014 Fox Home Entertainment

WRITER / DIRECTOR: .Nicole Holofcener
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener,
Toni Collette, Tavi Gevinson, Ben Falcone,
Tracey Fairaway, Eve Hewson
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Grade:. ★★★★½ /5

SYNOPSIS: Divorced mom Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) may be falling for Albert (Gandolfini), a sweet, funny, like-minded divorcé. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Keener), who’s always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne’s rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.

Over a decade ago, Carrie Bradshaw wondered:

“When it comes to life and love, why do we believe our worst reviews?”
Sex and the City, “Critical Condition” (5.6) (2002)

Flash-forward to today…where Enough SaidNicole Holofcener‘s 2013 critically-acclaimed romantic dramedy, proves how little progress we’ve made in overcoming that self-destructive instinct. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener, Enough Said explores matters of the heart and the ramifications of allowing someone else’s opinions to color (over) your own.

Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini are an undeniably delightful team. Combining candidly wry dialogue, subtle-but-adorable body language, and a penchant for utter awkwardness, Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini exude a romantic intimacy that is believably comfortable and genuinely endearing. Louis-Dreyfus’ mastery of comic repartee is hardly surprising—but Gandolfini’s flair for dry wit and timing was pleasantly so. Enough Said is special, in large part, for the magical moments shared by this talented pair.

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© 2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures

Even a duo this dynamic, however, is not invulnerable to outside influence. As Enough Said‘s unwitting antagonist Marianne, Keener is truly in her element as a new-age, judgmental, self-important, hipster artiste who spends the lion’s share of her lines s–t-talking her ex-husband Albert (Gandolfini) to his current girlfriend Eva (Louis-Dreyfus). Rather than excusing her behavior, the fact that Marianne is unaware of Eva and Albert’s connection actually serves to show her true colors—namely, that she’s a person who, without cause or provocation, takes some measure of delight in bad-mouthing her ex to relative strangers. (To borrow from Nora Ephron, Marianne is, essentially, a “[wo]man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.”) Marianne’s negative nature is particularly evident when she is contrasted with Albert, who does not speak ill of his ex-wife and won’t allow his daughter (Eve Hewson) to do so in front of Eva. Yet inexplicably, Eva nonetheless cannot—or, perhaps, will not—fight harder to prevent Marianne’s influence from poisoning her feelings for Albert.

For a film that doesn’t even pretend to shy away from awkward moments, Enough Said is also delightfully full of tenderness and humor—like the ongoing passive-agressive war between Eva’s friend Sarah (Toni Collette) and her housekeeper/nanny Cathy (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), commentated by Sarah’s husband Will (Ben Falcone). Holofcener and cast created something enjoyable and fundamentally special in Enough Said, a film that is eminently worthy of all the praise it has received.

Enough Said is now available on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD, DVD, and digital download.

SPECIAL FEATURES

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Blu-ray™ + Digital HD
Second Takes — Blu-ray exclusive
Promotional Featurettes
Theatrical Trailer

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DVD
Promotional Featurettes
Theatrical Trailer
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Featured Image: © 2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures

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