What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?
|Theatrical release date:||September 18, 2013|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||January 14, 2014|
|Cast:||Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette|
|Run time:||93 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||sexual content, some thematic material and brief language|