Enough Said

  • Review Date: September 18, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Graceful, teen-friendly romcom about love later in life.
  • Review Date: September 18, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Eva must learn to trust her own judgment when it comes to her new boyfriend.

Positive role models

Eva and Albert are happy to find love with each other, but to move forward with the relationship, she must learn to ignore the negative stories she's hearing from his ex-wife.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some flirting and sexual banter between people at parties and on dates. A couple is shown in bed, talking and relaxing after sex. Teens discuss their peers' sexual activities and losing their virginity. Bare backs/shoulders seen during massage scenes. 

Language

Occasional swearing includes one "f--k," plus "ass," "s--t," "crap," "boner," "boobs," "hell," "oh my God," "goddamn," etc.

Consumerism

Some characters have Apple computers and phones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking by adults at parties and at meals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Enough Said follows the burgeoning relationship between a masseuse named Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini, in one of his final screen roles), who turns out to be the ex of a new client (Catherine Keener). While the movie is most likely to appeal to adults given the themes and stars, the content is generally teen friendly. There's some social drinking by adults, a bit of swearing (including one "f--k," plus "s--t," "crap," etc.), bare shoulders/backs seen during massage sessions, teens' discussion of losing their virginity -- and plenty of very realistic discussions about relationships.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) meet at a party, sparks don't exactly fly, but they do start to slowly smolder. She's a masseuse who also picks up a new client at the same party, Marianne (Catherine Keener) -- who, it turns out, likes to dish about her life when they're together, especially about her ex-husband and all of his terrible habits. As Eva starts to fall for Albert, she begins to realize that her gentle new boyfriend is the same person who made Marianne miserable, a realization that makes it difficult for her to move forward with the relationship. Meanwhile, big changes are afoot for her and Albert, since their daughters from previous marriages are about to leave for college.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

What a joy it is to see a couple on screen that actually looks like a real-life couple -- and talks like one, too. That's the genius behind casting Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus as leads in ENOUGH SAID, a big-hearted, authentic romantic comedy that upends the genre and makes it more appealing for jaded viewers who may have given up on these movies long ago. Watching Eva and Albert go on dates feels like third-wheeling; they're that real together, sharing a magical but very grounded chemistry that makes viewers invested in their relationship. So when it goes awry, as movie couplings tend to do, we're right there with them, melancholy in the blunders and miscommunication. How long has it been since we've had a pairing this worthy of cheering?

Director Nicole Holofcener knows to stay with all the emotional beats: the awkwardness, the build, the fireworks. (There are, on occasion, some lulls, but the dips are neither deep nor lengthy.) She doesn't overplay or oversell her scenes. Every single person in this movie is perfectly cast -- everyone. Blogger Tavi Genvinson shows amazing promise as a high schooler who unwittingly inserts herself between a mother and a daughter, and Tracey Fairaway is great as Eva's daughter. But the movie belongs to the central triumvirate: Keener, Louis-Dreyfus and the incomparable, much-mourned Gandolfini. Enough Said has no problems broaching complicated relationship and parenting questions in this modern world. We should listen carefully.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of romantic comedies. How is Enough Said different from other romcoms you've seen? How is it similar?

  • Who do you think this movie is most intended to appeal to? How can you tell?

  • What do you think about the budding relationship between Eva and Albert? Do they seem like real people? How does Marianne's description of Albert differ from reality? How is it similar?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 18, 2013
DVD release date:January 14, 2014
Cast:Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette
Director:Nicole Holofcener
Studio:Fox Searchlight
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, some thematic material and brief language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byironkid21 November 12, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

Funny, well written, refreshing rom com has great performances...

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah November 4, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

A realistic romantic comedy?!

All I really ask for of a romantic comedy is for it to be honest and realistic. Maybe that's what I want because they tend to be melodramatic and idealized, but this is fully funny, charming, well acted, honest, and realistic. These characters act like real people; do you know how rare that is? Their discussions are engaging and dry, and their problems are relatable. James Gandolfini's part is so good considering that it's rather different than his previous work, but I saw him as Albert, not James. (And yet again, he will be missed.) Despite the film's semi-sudden heavy handed nature towards the third act, it's consistent in its realism and overall well made, thanks to the acting, writing, and directing. And that's really refreshing. 8.8/10, great, two thumbs up, far above average, etc.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Adult Written bymymjlm May 19, 2014
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15
QUALITY
 

Sweet and sensible

A great story about relationships and how others can influence us without us being aware. And those influences are not always in a positive manner and can hurt others.
What other families should know
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