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Tanya Khoury: Literally grownup
April 04, 2014
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It has been a while since I last went to the cinema. Ever since DIFF was over, every other film that came out felt like it would be a drag to go to. Hollywood doesn’t usually release a whole lot of films at the start of the year and so that really did not help the “no cinema” cause at all. The one film that I had really wanted to see in the last year and kept missing was Enough Said. I felt like I needn’t put any expectation towards this film and could just go with the flow of the story.

Luckily I found the film, albeit a little late, and I managed to squeeze in a viewing. Sadly, this would be James Gandolfini’s last performance, but he remains a truly unique character that fills the screen whenever he appears on it. The story revolves around two middle aged divorcees who kind of want to be together but are not sure. There is one line that stuck with me throughout the film, where the main characters are discussing the conundrum of whether they should invest in a relationship and say: ‘I’m tired of being funny.’ I find such truth in that line that it sums up the gist of the entire film.

The film is not a long one and the story is not complex either, and although it is labelled as a romantic comedy it avoids striking on the cheese front. The lines are timed perfectly and both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini play their roles so convincingly. The awkwardness that comes with new romantic gestures works very well with their chemistry on screen and there are no cringe-worthy moments. It feels real and looks real. The supporting cast fit the story in a balanced manner and Nicole Holofcener really manages to make it work. The whole cast is very strong but they let the story, and not their egos, shine which is refreshing to see on screen, something that is currently lacking in most romcoms.

We go through the general ups and downs of relationships during the course of the movie. It runs for 93 minutes so it doesn’t leave any room for one to fuss over dragged out scenes. The flow is seamless as we are introduced to the different situations surrounding the main characters and the supporting cast, and the different scenarios match any functional and dysfunctional couples that you come across in real life. Therefore, the attachments to the story become natural and the underlying jokes and circumstances seem more and more convincing. Naturally, there has to be a bit of one-in-a-million situation that only happens in the films to make for more drama. But even that is not entirely blown out of proportion and gives the film more merit.

The plot has drama like all relationships do and it is fun to watch because, after all, this is a film and entertainment is a given. Go see it, you will enjoy it even if you pretend (like me) not to like this genre. A solid 7.5/10 for this one.
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