This smart and decidedly modern romantic comedy from indie stalwart Nicole Holofcener follows the misadventures of a divorcée who finds herself making a new friend — and dating that new friend’s ex-husband at the same time. Enough Said stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and the late James Gandolfini in one of his final screen roles.
One of American independent cinema's most astute and candid chroniclers of relationships, Nicole Holofcener possesses a rare facility for conceiving flawed, fully inhabited, and often very funny characters, and for placing them in situations that yield both sharply comic exchanges and abiding emotional truths.
Her gifts are on full display in her latest feature, the charming, richly nuanced, and refreshingly mature romance Enough Said. Here Holofcener continues her perennial collaboration with Catherine Keener, as well as enlisting two of television's most iconic talents in Julia Louis-Dreyfus and, in one of his final screen appearances, the late James Gandolfini.
In a typically delightful role, Louis- Dreyfus plays Eva, a divorced soon-to-be empty nester who makes her living as a massage therapist. One night at a party, she meets the sweetly affable Albert (Gandolfini), a television archivist with a college-bound daughter of his own. After a promising first date, the two pursue a tender courtship. But while Albert is warm and witty, Eva remains wary; the baggage of her failed marriage impedes her from full commitment. And so too does her growing friendship with fellow divorcée Marianne (Keener), who seems quite comfortable in her bitterness.
Discovering how Holofcener resolves
this fraught scenario is one of the deeper
pleasures of Enough Said. That this
resolution feels so truthful speaks to her
uncompromising devotion to her characters
and their thorny emotional lives — and
to her cast's equal determination to bring
honest, messy details to their performances.
Cast against type, Gandolfini is
especially marvelous here, providing a poignant
reminder of the loss his premature