Written and directed by Holofcener, “Enough Said” is the story of Eva’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert’s (James Gandolfini) road to romance. The two meet at a party and while initially there isn’t a strong attraction between the two, there enough of one for Albert to ask Eva out.
Eva is a masseuse who makes house calls and Albert is a film librarian. Both are divorced with teenage daughters going off to college in the fall as freshmen far away from their California homes. Albert’s and Eva’s romance is full speed ahead until Eva realizes that her newest client, Marianne (Catherine Keener), is Albert’s ex-wife. Marianne has been trash-talking non-stop about her ex without ever mentioning his name, so it’s quite a shock to Eva when she accidentally learns who Marianne’s ex is. She’s not sure what to do with the information and she begins to question her own judgment about Albert. Suddenly and sadly for both, their relationship goes off the rails. The two are so cute together that it really hurts you, as a member of the audience, to watch them go through this hard time.
All of the acting in “Enough Said” is phenomenal. Catherine Keener and Toni Collette ,as ex-wife and friend respectively, are great. Keener has been in several of Holofcener’s films and the two make for a terrific team.
James Gandolfini, in one of his last performances, is fantastic. Schlubby, unorganized, but with a huge heart, his Albert displays so many emotions with few words…it’s like watching him give a master class in acting. And his work with Louis-Dreyfus is beyond divine.
But the real star of “Enough Said” is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. There is a reason why this woman has won Emmys for three different TV roles—SHE CAN ACT. Over the years we’ve seen her shine as a comedic actress. But in “Enough Said,” Louis-Dreyfus gets to show her soft, vulnerable side, and she just astounds.
Nicole Holofcener is a terrific writer/ director. She “gets” relationships—families, couples, friends. She’s written about them all. With “Enough Said” she absolutely nails the awkwardness of first dates—especially dating later in life, and she is spot on about the mother-father-daughter bond. This film may be her best work yet.
For tour de force writing and acting, one can’t say enough about “Enough Said.” This is one of the rare films that saddened me when it was over. I wanted to spend more time with these characters.