Reel Gazing: ‘Enough Said’ Starring James Gandolfini & Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Enough SaidTitle: Enough Said (2013)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 93 Minutes
Genre: Drama | Romance | Comedy
My Rating:

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini star in this charming comedy about a divorced woman venturing into a relationship with a sweet man. But things get tricky when she discovers the man she’s dating is the hated ex-husband of her new best friend.

The story is intended for comedic effect, but I believe it’s the subtleties that make it work. Louis-Dreyfus brings authenticity to the role of Eva, a divorcee facing an empty nest. Gandolfini, as Albert, is charming and enigmatic. The chemistry between them runs like a lazy river banking against rocks and gently disturbing the silt beneath them. The characters appeared to be natural fits for the actors.

Relationships don’t come to us fully formed and even under the best of circumstances maintaining them takes work. Eva and Albert are open to a new connection and find something rare in the other, harmony. But dating is tough, especially for people in their 40s and 50s and this couple has lived with a lot of bad mojo sloughing off of their exes. It’s enough to make anyone wary.

Marianne (Keener) is a disengaged poet with a pretentious demeanor. Eva is approaching a crossroad and desperate to avoid the vacuum the departure of her daughter will produce. The unlikely friendship between the two is perplexing. Add to the mix Eva’s longtime friends Sarah (Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone), who are seemingly in a relationship rut, and you get negativity telegraphed through wifi. The signals don’t jive and mistakes are made.

Enough Said is about choices, external influences and learning to trust, not just others but ourselves. I truly wish this movie had seen a wider audience upon its release because it’s a beautiful film. Yes there are funny moments, but the beauty lies in the undercurrents of emotion. Only a director with vision and fearless actors could produce such a gem. I highly recommend it.