Love the second time around is messy and fragile. The comedy ‘Enough Said’ explores the ins and outs of dating after a divorce.
Directed by Nicole Holofcener the movie details the lives of the divorced and soon to be empty-nesters Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) who meet at a party and begin dating. Unbeknownst to Eva she also meets his ex-wife, Marianne (Catherine Keener) at the same party (taking her on as a new massage client). She begins to admire her lifestyle and soon they bond by dishing on their ex-husbands. When she realizes Marianne’s connection to the new man in her life, she believes this is her opportunity to get the inside scoop on Albert.
Eva has come to know Albert as a funny and sweet man who shares her outlook on things. He is her support as she faces being alone after her daughter goes off to college. Rather than drawing her own conclusions from the budding relationship, she relies on the vitriol spewed by Marianne who clearly has her own views of Albert. She seems to forget that ultimately the information she is receiving is one-sided from someone who grew bored in a marriage and never considered her husband as an equal.
James Gandolfini portrays a lovable no frills man whose vulnerability and self-doubt about his appearance matches Eva’s insecurities. He loves unconditionally without finding fault and cannot understand why someone else cannot do the same if they truly love you.
Gandolfini’s character is certainly not the tough guy that we have been accustomed to seeing him play in movies. It is quite refreshing to see him exhibit this level of acting. Sadly, Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013 (this is one of his last performances). If the level displayed in this film is any indication of what he was capable of creating, we have truly loss a great actor.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrays the self absorbed Eva who is insecure and needy in her own right. She has a problem asserting herself except when it comes to repeating what she has heard from the ex-wife. She effectively portrays a woman caught up in empty nest feelings.
The level of acting is first rate and there are many teary-eyed moments (bring tissue) as the pair explore the delicateness of single parents and new relationships.
‘Enough Said’ is a tender love story and a superb tribute to the talent of the late James Gandolfini.