Release Date: September 18, 2013
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Written by: Nicole Holofcener
Produced by: Anthony Bregman
Synopse: Enough Said, is a romantic comedy, about two people who meet at a party. They are both single empty nesters stressed out because their daughters are both leaving for college. They make a connection which leads to additional dates and love. This movie was bittersweet as it was the last movie made by James Gandolfini who died of a heart problems soon after the movie was completed.
Gandolfini who plays Albert, costars as a single dad who recently went through a nasty divorce and was weary of dating. Julie Louis- Dreyfuss, plays Eve a fun loving divorcee who works as an on-site massage therapist.
Albert and Eve have a lot of fun together. Eve likes Albert’s dry sense of humor and Albert enjoys Eve’s neurotic self. Together they exchange stories about their lives with their ex’s as well as parts of their souls lost throughout their marriages.
While at a dinner party given by her best friends, Sarah and Will, played by Toni Collette and Ben Falcone, she is introduced to some new people. One of them is poet, Mariann played by Catherine Keener. Mariann asks Eve about becoming a client and Eve is thrilled.
Albert and Eve have a lot of fun together. Eve likes Albert’s dry sense of humor and Albert enjoys Eve’s neurotic personality. Together they exchange stories about their lives with the ex’s as well as parts of their souls lost throughout their marriages. They each have a daughter leaving for college and neither one of them really wants to let them go.
Eve goes to Mariann’s house to give her a massage and Mariann begins telling Eve about her terrible marriage. There wasn’t one nice thing she could say about her marriage. Eve begins to encourage Mariann to talk about her ex-husband, getting details. After many visits the two of them become friends. Eve begins to put two and two together and figures out that Marriann is the ex-wife of boyfriend Elbert. She begins to question what she sees in him and he feels the stress it is causing.
Then one day, Elbert invites Eve to lunch with his daughter Tess, played by Eve Hewson. Soon after, she is at Mariann’s house when her daughter appears, and tries to hide only to be discovered. The secret is out and Eve’s relationship is reveled. It gets to Albert who is devastated. They are both miserable. The story continues as Albert and Eve work their way back together.
Review: I really enjoyed this movie. It was somewhat fast paced and predictable but the acting was good especially by Julie Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini.
Louis-Dreyfuss and Gandolfini had a great connection and easiness between them making their relationship believable. They looked like they enjoyed playing their characters. I was never a big Soprano’s fan so my exposure to Gandolfini was very limited. I will look for other movies he has played in as well as once again watch the Soprano’s. Julie Louis-Dreyfuss was funny as usual, and I enjoy her in any production she is involved in.
Nicole Holfcener won Best Woman Director and Writer by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Enough Said also won, Best Screenplay and James Gandolfini won Best Supporting Actor by the Boston society of Film Critics and Chicago film Critics. The movie as well as cast was nominated for many of awards for which they did not receive.
This movie got a 96% rating out of 162 entries, from the Rotten Tomato Awards. The film ranked amount the best-reviewed films of 2013 (Wikipedia).
I do not think this movie will be exceptionally funny to s younger crowd. It takes a mature audience to appreciate it.