Julia Louis-Dreyfus offers a sweet and vulnerable performance as a neurotic masseuse in Nicole Holofcener’s new comedy. The late James Gandolfini plays her love interest, Albert, a huge lovable teddy bear-type with a sweet nature, but an assortment of minor imperfections. Their individual quirks play nicely off each other and soon the odd couple seems fairly well suited until the inevitable rom-com breakup.
Complaints About the Ex
Preparing for an empty nest when her daughter leaves, Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) is ready for changes in her life, maybe a new hobby and certainly a new man. She always means well, but her neediness and shaky boundaries cause her to do strange things, like date a man whose cool ex-wife, Marianne (Catherine Keener), is one of her favorite clients. A famous poet with a beautiful home and exquisite taste in everything (except apparently men), Marianne requires frequent massages for a damaged shoulder.
Not only does Eva listen to her client complain about her ex, but she encourages the disparaging comments (he’s clumsy in bed, has no night tables, and eats guacamole strangely). Now armed with way more dirty laundry than anyone needs going into a new romantic relationship, Eva doubts her loving feelings for Albert.
A Guaranteed Disaster
Instead of choosing which one of the relationships to keep, she risks losing both with her deception. By keeping her relationships with each of them a secret from the other, it’s a guaranteed disaster when the truth comes out – and, of course, it does in the worst possible way. Her best friends (Toni Collette and Ben Falcone) try to help, but sometimes Eva’s behavior goes beyond any assistance they can provide.
In addition, Eva crosses the line with her daughter and her friend. She gets a little too personal, a little too nosy, and a little too intrusive in the girls’ relationship. She’s so desperate to be liked and make everyone happy that ultimately she compromises her own happiness. Changes are on the horizon, however, as Eva learns a few things about assertiveness that improve her home life, romantic relationship, and professional career.
Louis-Dreyfus’s terrific performance includes the delightfully funny (masseuse client scenes), painfully awkward (Eva’s a terrible liar), and bittersweet (she wants things to work with Albert but doesn’t know how to do it). Knowing Gandolfini died unexpectedly before the film’s release is quite tragic. He managed to make obesity sexy and the lack of night tables downright endearing. A “small” movie with an easy-going style and tight close-ups that emphasize emotion rather than makeup or wardrobe, Enough Said says just enough and says it perfectly.
- A middle-aged divorced woman discovers she is dating the ex-husband of her new friend and client.
- Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone
- Director: Nicole Holofcener
- Writer: Nicole Holofcener
- Genre: Romantic Comedy
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity)
Source by Leslie Halpern