Enough Said: When Julia Met James

by Ethan Alter September 18, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Enough Said</i>: When Julia Met James

The term "B-movie" is generally associated with genre fare that involves vampires, serial killers or veteran cops (and sometimes all three!), but it's also an apt descriptor for the five features helmed by writer/director Nicole Holofcener, who has been seriocomically chronicling the professional and personal travails of characters who are well-off, white and predominantly women since 1996's Walking and Talking. All of her movies are stridently small-scale, tackling weighty subjects in a minor key, with plenty of humor on hand to keep the emotions from getting too intense. This makes each of them pleasant to watch, but too unassuming to really be all that memorable. (Funnily enough, some of the TV episodes she's directed -- most notably her two installments of HBO's Enlightened and the "Eagleton" half-hour from Season 3 of Parks and Recreation -- are more resonant than any of her films, including her best to date, 2010's Please Give.) Holofcener's latest, Enough Said, again fits squarely into B-movie tradition: it's engaging, unfussy and ultimately pretty slight.

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