Enough Said (Blu-ray)

Enough Said is a sweet film. The latest effort from writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Lovely and Amazing) is an intelligent romantic comedy starring the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Both actors work through a series of complex emotions, all of them realistically carried out and universally understood. The sensitivity that James Gandolfini shows throughout makes his untimely death at age 51, even more difficult to except.

Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a 50-something, divorced, Los Angeles masseuse dealing with her daughter’s impending departure for college. At a party she meets Albert (Gandolfini, in one of his final roles), Albert is likewise divorced and also has a daughter about to leave for college. Though there is clearly a spark between them, they both joke that there is not a single person at the party that they find attractive. Soon, the two begin a relationship. It’s not one of great passion, but they are clearly comfortable with each other; they have some common interests, and chatting comes easy.

A twist in the story happens when Eva takes on a new client, Marianne (Catherine Keener) who turns out to be Albert’s ex-wife. Eva becomes Marianne’s confidant, and Marianne tells her all the negative things that caused her divorce her former husband. Even after Eva discovers that Marianne’s former husband is Albert, the man she has been dating, she decides not to mention to either Albert or Marianne that she knows the other.

While not a laugh-out-loud comedy, Enough Said offers up plenty of humor. In her years on Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus proved herself to have impeccable comic timing, and she uses that here. Though, she never once tries to recycle Seinfeld’s Elaine Barnes; she gives Eva or own personality and set of unique quirks. Some comedic moments are provided by Toni Collette and Ben Falcone who play a bickering married couple, and two of Eva’s best friends. Collette’s ongoing struggle to fire her maid does provide a few giggles.

Gandolfini plays a laid back, gentle guy which is in direct contrast with his most famous role. Albert isn’t as clearly defined as Eva, but it works because he is really the supporting player. He and Louis-Dreyfus share a nice chemistry. It’s not red hot, but it’s comfortable, believable. And real, just like the relationship between their characters. Enough Said is a romantic comedy that doesn’t talk down to its audience, and instead tries to tell a story viewers will relate to.

Presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, sharpness is fantastic. Color is rich and bright throughout, and skin tones look natural. Contrast is nicely dialed in. This is a fine transfer.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix is largely focused in the front channels with some movement when it comes to Marcelo Zarvos’ score make its way to the rears. Ambient sounds are discernible, but rather still. Dialogue is clear throughout.

English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles are available.

The following extras are included:

  • Second Takes (HD, 6:00) Traditional gag reel.
  • Promotional Featurettes: EPK style interviews
    • Cast: (HD, 5:58)
    • Story HD, 3:31)
    • Meet Eva and Albert (HD, 2:36)
    • Nicole Holofcener (HD, 3:08)
    • Julia (HD, 3:00)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:25)
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