Enough Said (film)

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Enough Said
The film poster features a photo of a bearded, balding white man in a grey t-shirt and a brunette woman in a dotted dress shirt. Both are sitting on a stoop and smiling, with the primary cast and title "Enough Said" above them. Under the title, "Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener" is visible. At the bottom, the poster's billing block can be seen.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicole Holofcener
Produced by
  • Anthony Bregman
  • Stefanie Azpiazu
Written by Nicole Holofcener
Starring
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography Xavier Pérez Grobet
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07) (TIFF)
  • September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18) (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $25,288,872[1]

Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini (in one of his final roles), Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone, and Toby Huss. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September before its release on September 18, 2013.

Enough Said received widespread acclaim from critics, ranking as the fifth best-reviewed wide release of 2013. Additionally, it emerged as the most critically and commercially successful work in Holofcener's filmography to date. The film also received several major award nominations, including for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Independent Spirit Awards and four Critics' Choice Movie Awards. In particular, stars Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini received notice for their work, along with Holofcener's script.

Plot[edit]

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a masseuse, a mother of a teenage girl and a divorcee attends a party in Pacific Palisades with her friends, married couple Will (Ben Falcone) and Sarah (Toni Collette). She meets a poet, Marianne (Catherine Keener), and Will introduces Eva to his friends, Jason (Phillip Brock) and Albert (James Gandolfini). After the party, Albert asks Will for Eva's number and though hesitant, due to the lack of physical attraction, Eva agrees to go on a dinner date with Albert, which goes well. Marianne contacts Eva for a massage, and she takes an automatic like to Marianne and they become friends.

Eva finds herself more and more fond of Albert and they have lunch with his teenage daughter, Tess (Eve Hewson), who, like Eva's daughter, is graduating from high school and moving away to attend college. A few days later, Eva goes to her massage appointment with Marianne and realizes that Albert is Marianne's ex-husband after she tells her a story about how he eats guacamole - the same story Albert told her. Tess then arrives at the house and Eva's suspicions are confirmed. Marianne tries to introduce Eva to Tess, but she hides behind a tree to avoid the meeting. Eva continues seeing Albert, keeping her friendship with Marianne a secret; likewise, she does not tell Marianne she is seeing him.

Eva encourages Marianne to complain about her ex-husband Albert so she can identify potential problems in her relationship with him. To the encouragement of Eva, Sarah and Will invite her and Albert to a dinner party, which goes badly after Eva begins finding fault with Albert, which upsets him. At another appointment with Marianne, Eva is exposed when Albert arrives to drop Tess off at her mother's. He is angry that Eva kept her friendship with Marianne a secret, and breaks up with her.

Eva and her ex-husband take Ellen to the airport for her flight to college. A few months later, on Thanksgiving Day, Eva drives by Albert's home and stops in front of the house on her way to pick up Ellen from the airport. He sees her and she awkwardly waves. He eventually comes outside, to Eva's surprise, and sits with her on the porch and they begin to renew their relationship.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Release[edit]

In July 2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that the film would be released on September 20, 2013,[2] it debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013.[3] On September 4, 2013, the film's release date was pushed up from September 20, 2013, to September 18, 2013.[4]

Enough Said premiered taking $240,000 in four theaters for a $60,000 average, ranking among 2013's best specialty release openers, and the strongest premiere for Holofcener to date.[5] It has since emerged as her most successful movie, grossing over $20 million worldwide.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

The film received positive reviews, ranking among the best-reviewed films of 2013. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 96% based on 162 reviews, many of them praising Louis-Dreyfus' and Gandolfini's performances.[6] Another review aggregation website, Metacritic, gave the film a score of 79 out of 100, signifying "generally favorable reviews" among 45 top critics.

Specifically, Enough Said drew great acclaim for its commitment to realism, both in the way Holofcener's characters converse and in the themes the film approaches. For the New York Times, A.O. Scott claimed that "Line for line, scene for scene, it is one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory."[7] The Philadelphia Inquirer's Stephen Rea said that the film's "first date scene" ranked as "one of the great getting-to-know-you encounters in movie history."[8] David Denby, writing for The New Yorker, wrote that Enough Said "approaches novelistic richness."[9] The movie also inspired a piece by Francine Prose in the New York Times Book Review, praising Holofcener for giving her female protagonists meaningful occupations and outside lives that are crucial to their identity. She notes that this is a skill that Holofcener appears to have a hold on exclusively among Hollywood writers and directors. Specifically speaking about Enough Said, she wrote, "The parts have been written with sufficient depth and wisdom that, under Holofcener’s skillful direction, the actors never seem to be movie stars impersonating people. Rather, they disappear into the vulnerable and self-doubting characters they play without a hint of the preening vanity that so often causes cinematic performances to seem forced and shallow."[10]

In their year-end tabulations, Rotten Tomatoes dubbed Enough Said the fifth best-reviewed wide release of 2013[11] and the runner-up for the best-reviewed romance of 2013 (second to Before Midnight).[12]

Top 10 Lists[edit]

Many top critics listed the film among their 10 best of the year.[13][14] In his year-end wrap-up, A.O. Scott dubbed the film "a rich and insightful examination of the peculiarities and contradictions of courtship and parenthood in 21st century America."[15] Dana Stevens, meanwhile, wrote that "There’s no one making films right now who writes that kind of dialogue better than Holofcener, the Jane Austen of contemporary American manners. And it’s hard to imagine anyone speaking it better than Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus—who also reveals new range here as a dramatic actress."[16]

Awards[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Results Ref
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 19, 2013 Best Original Screenplay Nicole Holofcener Nominated [17]
Best Woman Director Won
Best Woman Writer Won
Boston Society of Film Critics December 8, 2013 Best Screenplay Won
Best Supporting Actor James Gandolfini Won
Chicago Film Critics Association December 16, 2013 Best Supporting Actor Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award January 16, 2014 Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated [18]
Best Actress in a Comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nominated
Best Comedy Nominated
Best Supporting Actor James Gandolfini Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society January 13, 2014 Best Original Screenplay Nicole Holofcener Nominated [17]
Film Independent Spirit Awards March 1, 2014 Best Screenplay Nominated [19]
Best Supporting Male James Gandolfini Nominated
Golden Globe Award January 12, 2014 Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nominated [20]
Houston Society of Film Critics December 15, 2013 Best Supporting Actor James Gandolfini Nominated [17]
London Film Critics' Circle February 2, 2014 Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society December 17, 2013 Best Supporting Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society December 11, 2013 Best Original Screenplay Nicole Holofcener Nominated
Best Supporting Actor James Gandolfini Nominated
Satellite Award February 23, 2014 Best Actress – Motion Picture Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nominated [21]
Best Original Screenplay Nicole Holofcener Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award January 18, 2014 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role James Gandolfini Nominated [22]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association December 14, 2013 Best Original Screenplay Nicole Holofcener Nominated [17]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 9, 2013 Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Supporting Actor James Gandolfini Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "James Gandolfini Film Enough Said Gets Release Date". deadline.com. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Enough Said, James Gandolfini's Last Leading Role, Gets Debut Poster". huffingtonpost.com. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fox Searchlight Shifts Release Date for James Gandolfini Pic Enough Said". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Specialty Box Office: James Gandolfini Pic ‘Enough Said’ Bows Strong, ‘Thanks For Sharing’ OK". Deadline.com. September 22, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Enough Said at Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 8, 2013
  7. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/movies/enough-said-stars-james-gandolfini-and-julia-louis-dreyfus.html?
  8. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/movies/20130927__Enough_Said___And_it_s_all_said_so_beautifully.html
  9. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/enough-said/critic-reviews
  10. ^ http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/sep/20/nicole-holofceners-beautiful-imperfections/
  11. ^ "The 15th Annual Golden Tomato Awards - Wide Release". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The 15th Annual Golden Tomato Awards - Romance". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ Dietz, Jason (December 8, 2013). "2013 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ Macdonald, Moira (December 26, 2013). "Favorite flicks of 2013: A Seattle Times critic weighs in". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/movies/a-o-scotts-top-movies-of-2013.html?ref=arts
  16. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2013/12/the_best_movies_of_2013_dana_stevens_on_a_year_of_outrageous_cinematic_bounty.single.html
  17. ^ a b c d Dietz, Jason (December 3, 2013). "2013 Film Awards and Nominations Scorecard". Metacritic. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hammond, Pete (December 16, 2013). "‘American Hustle’, ‘12 Years A Slave’ Lead BFCA’s Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2014 Spirit Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘All Is Lost’, ‘Frances Ha’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ & ‘Nebraska’ Nab Best Feature Noms". Deadline.com. November 26, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (December 12, 2013). "'12 Years A Slave' Leads Golden Globe Nominations As 'American Hustle,' 'Nebraska' Also Perform Strongly". Indiewire. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  21. ^ Pond, Steve (December 2, 2013). "'12 Years a Slave’ Tops Satellite Award Nominations". The Wrap. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  22. ^ "SAG Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead Way". Deadline.com. December 11, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 

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