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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Enough Said (2013)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013, .  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 2013Independent Spirit Awards 2013.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013Washington Film Critics Awards 2013.  

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said

There’s no stopping , here giving a fluidly perfect performance after years of having such exceptional success on television, and there’s no preventing Nicole Holofcener from making witty and insightful films about contemporary women.  Louis-Dreyfus plays a divorced masseuse who is dealing with an impending empty nest given that her daughter is preparing to go away for college.  While attending a party with her married, constantly bickering friends (Toni Collette, ), she meets  and, despite not finding him attractive, she recognizes a rapport between them and agrees to go to dinner.  At the same party Louis-Dreyfus also meets and makes a client of a charismatic and slightly haughty poet (Catherine Keener) with whom she begins to spend time.  Meanwhile, at home her daughter () becomes frustrated with the fact that her detaching from the home she is soon leaving and the youth to which she will never return is coinciding with her mother’s increasing friendliness with her own best friend (blogger sensation , showing exceptionally fine acting chops).  The interactions between these characters and the complications that ensue have the touch of the sitcom from time to time, a perspective perhaps not aided by having a television star and her lightning-bolt comic reactions to move them along, but there’s no denying that when the film isn’t sailing on the charisma of its cast, it hits moments of poignancy and pain that resonate deeply.  Another winner for this seemingly unfailing director.

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