Enough Said: Review

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Enough Said is a refreshing change of pace from the run of the mill romantic comedies we have come to expect and accept from Hollywood.
It follows the beginning of a relationship between Eva and Albert, two middle aged, divorced parents both at a point in their life when they are getting ready to send their children off to university.
The twist here though comes when Eva’s new massage client happens to be Alberts ex-wife who bitches about him constantly. Eva, deciding to keep her relationship secret from her new client and growing friend decides to use her as a human trip advisor, in the process putting her new relationship in jeopardy.
Usually what would follow would be situation after situation of over the top, silly comedy which has a happy ending wrapped up in a neat little bow.
Enough Said takes a different approach though, actually setting the film in reality. The plot progresses naturally and never attempts to go for the big laughs but instead focuses on character and the little intricacies of people and their relationships.

The great thing about the film is that you don’t even have to be middle aged, divorced or have children to enjoy or connect with it. There’s so many real life observations on the stuff that annoys people in relationships that you’re bound to recognise something in the film that you have experienced too.

On top of this you really don’t need to be a woman to enjoy Enough Said either as there’s plenty of well written and again well observed male perspectives, a comment to the great screenplay by Nicole Holofcener who also directs and proves that women are just as capable of writing well balanced male characters as men are at writing women.

The late James Gandolfini in his penultimate role and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have such great chemistry that it’s impossible not to believe in their relationship and it’s this chemistry which really makes the film as good as it is. It’s fantastic to see two performers who are the opposite to what we’ve come to expect from this type of film, playing real life people who are overweight and actually have flaws.

Overall, there’s no Hollywood gloss to Enough Said. There’s no cliched characters such as evil exes or women who must have a man to survive, just real people, some of which are meant to be together and some which aren’t.

It’s full of wit and charm and is a film which I believe almost everybody should be able to sit down and enjoy. If you fancy a break from the blockbusters or dramas that are clogging up the cinema at the minute and want a nice hour and a half at the cinema, Enough Said is for you. I guarantee it will leave a smile on your face as it did mine.

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