Written by / 9/29/2013 / No comments / , , , , ,

ENOUGH SAID

year: 2013 cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Tavi Gevinson rating: ***
There's a 90’s romantic comedy called MR WONDERFUL not too many people remember – probably because it isn’t that good. The plot had Matt Dillon trying to set up with ex wife with one of many blue-collar workmates so that hopefully, after she marries, he won’t have to pay alimony. What does this have to do with ENOUGH SAID, the last movie starring the late James Gandolfini?

Well in MR WONDERFUL, James played an extremely sweet and shy man who also had a mysterious quality, making you want more… and the scene only lasts a few minutes. That’s the first impression of an actor mostly known for his lethal gruffness as a mafia patriarch in THE SOPRANOS. So it's not a huge surprise that James can play a role with subtle charm and cozy humor – one that doesn’t entail anyone getting “whacked” in the process.

But our main character is television staple Julia-Louis Dreyfus, who fares pretty well on the big screen as hard working masseuse and single mother, Eva. Her daughter is soon off to college and her best friend suggests she, like in all rom-coms, find a man. There’s only one she kind of likes at a party, although he’s got a weight problem and yet… something clicks.

Gandolfini plays Albert with casual dignity, and not without a slight edge. Especially after Eva starts picking apart his shortcomings. He can’t figure out the sudden change in this woman whose second date in a backyard ended successfully in the bedroom. But the audience knows full well what’s going on. The twist and plotline are simple enough: Eva’s new client, an earthy poetess who can’t say a good word about her ex husband, is also becoming a pretty good friend. It turns out Catherine Keener’s Marianne was married to Albert, and after hearing so many gripes, ranging from guacamole dip to sexual performance, Eva takes a second (and third and fourth and fifth) glance at the man she thought she really liked.

While not downright hilarious, the humor's as subtle as the characters, who fit like an old shoe right off the bat. And while it’s not easy picturing them in the romantic sense… like imagining somebody’s parents “doing it”… they're a couple who can be themselves together. Which is the best thing ENOUGH SAID has to offer… And that’s saying something.
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

ELIZABETH TAYLOR IN 'ASH WEDNESDAY' WITH KEITH BAXTER

Elizabeth Taylor in ASH WEDNESDAY Year: 1973 Rating: **** A brilliant plot-device for any forty-year-old actress who was once an ingenue, AS...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON
Reviews with the late Scottish cult actor

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "There aren't gonna be any rainbows, man." Marlon Brando to Jess Hahn, The Night of the Following Day

CRIME/FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR


Gritty Exploitation Cinema of Charles Bronson

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)THE FEARMAKERS 3)HOT CARS 4)CANYON PASSAGE 5)THE CROWDED SKY 6)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 7)VIOLENT SATURDAY 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HELL IS A CITY 11))ANATOMY OF A MURDER 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)HARDCORE 15)FRENZY 16)THE SYSTEM 17)ROBBERY 18)THE SERGEANT 19)AL CAPONE 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)ASH WEDNESDAY 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)ATLANTIC CITY 24)KILLER FISH 25)AIR PATROL 26)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)VENOM 30)THE ROARING TWENTIES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)JACK NICHOLSON 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)CHARLES BRONSON DAMES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)VAL GUEST 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE