School of Arts Film alumna Nicole Holofcener's ('88) latest film Enough Said opened to a very impressive average of $60,000 per screen, according to The Wrap. The film was actor James Gandolifini's final film before his passing in June, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' first return to the big screen since 1997.
Enough Said deals with two divorcees trying to figure out their romantic lives and shows a side of Gandolfini very unlike his Tony Soprano character, but much closer to his off-screen persona, according to those close to the actor. Holofcener is known for her previous work, including the dramas Please Give starring Catherine Keener and Columbia alumna Amanda Peet ('94 CC), and on comedies such as Sex and the City and Parks and Recreation. Her strong grasp on both genres pays off in Enough Said, which received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is being hailed as "one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory" by A.O. Scott of The New York Times.
Frank Rodriguez, chief of distribution at Fox searchlight tells The Wrap that "audiences have been waiting for a well-written film for adults, and besides Nicole's core audience, she seems to be reaching a new set of moviegoers who are discovering and appreciating her work."
Nicole Holofcener's next project is the screenplay for a crime mystery starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks, adapted from a Laura Lipman novel of same title, Every Secret Thing. The film, currently in post-production, is directed by Amy Berg and expected to be released in 2014.