July 16, 2014

Enough Said (2013)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette

The reason I could never get into Seinfeld was because I hate Kramer. Clarification: I don't hate Kramer because Michael Richards is a racist (I mean, there's that too), but because I hate the actual character of Kramer. I did, however, like Elaine. She was awkward and funny in an understated way that was a brilliant contrast to the overacting ridiculousness of George and Kramer. And Newman. God, I hate Newman.

Taking into account my appreciation of that awkward humor, I tried to watch an episode of Veep. It was so slow I felt almost nostalgic for the laugh track-heavy comedies of CBS. This movie started out much the same way. It was amusing, but slow. Quite slow. Slow enough that I started to run comparisons between Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character in this movie and Elaine. There were quite a few.

The movie remains the same pace throughout, but manages to feel less slow as the plot unfolds and you start to actually care what happens to the characters. In watching any relationship "drama," there is an inevitable train wreck moment that you are forced to watch in slow motion and this movie is no different. However, it manages to create an entire movie out of that one premise, which is both interesting and uncomfortable to watch at times. (Speaking of uncomfortable...it took me a solid ten minutes to acclimate myself to the fact that James Gandolfini wasn't going to whack anyone in this movie.) And though Toni Collette is not usually my favorite actress to watch, her small cameos in the movie are pretty hilarious and a welcome break from the sort of depressing path the movie takes. 

All in all, this is a very middle-aged person's movie. Twenty-somethings like their romantic comedies straightforward and with young, hot people like they imagine themselves to be. The fifty-plus crowd has too many awkward sex jokes, as if they are trying to remain young (think As Good as it Gets). I guess since I enjoyed it, that affirms my status as someone who is closer to having a mid-life crisis than someone having the completely made-up "quarter-life crisis."

Final word: Predictable like a romantic comedy, but more original and subtle.

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