Saturday, November 30, 2013

Enough Said - Movie Review

Enough Said (PG-13) 93 minutes A
Second Chances

Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Amy Landecker, Tracey Fairaway, Eve Hewson and Tavi Gevins

Nicole Holofcener is quietly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. She has written and directed: Walking and Talking (1996), Lovely and Amazing (2001), Friends with Money (2006), Please Give (2010), and the wonderful new film starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, Enough Said.  In each of the aforementioned films Holofcener created something humanistic, funny, slightly sad, and memorable.  It's no coincidence that her first job in the film industry was working on the set of Woody Allen's 1982 masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.  Four years later she was an apprentice editor for Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, one of the best films in cinematic history. It's no wonder Holofcener is becoming such a distinguished force in film and television.

I haven't said much about Enough Said, but that's because I love this film so much I don't want to give anything away.  Enough Said is smart, has great acting and nearly made me cry.  This film isn't going to change the world, but for an hour and half it took me out of mine. Highly highly recommended for those not opposed to a sweet and funny romcom. 
Bonus Rental Review
Nobody Walks (R) 83 minutes B
Fatal Attraction

Home Release date: January 2013
Starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Dylan McDermott, Justin Kirk, Rhys Wakefield, Emanuele Secci, Sam Lerner and Mason Welch

File this one under, "Bitter indie drama that is not for everyone."  This film doesn't quite achieve the emotional breadth it may or may not be shooting for.  But, it is an intriguing story of a horny, skinny jean wearing femme fatale and an undersexed married man.  Not to mention the other infatuation laden side plots. I am becoming convinced that I like everything Lena Dunham touches(she co-wrote the film).  Nobody Walks generally received terrible reviews;  however, it did take home a "Special Jury Prize (for Producing)" at Sundance 2012.  This one is worth a look for those who like awkward, abrupt, relationship driven indie dramas- everyone else should steer clear.

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