Enough Said (2013)
Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener
I heard a lot of rumblings about this movie since it was James Gandolfini’s last movie, with that said watching this movie was bittersweet.
This film is a simple story about Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a massage therapist, who is divorced with a daughter who is about to go to college. She is kind, funny, goofy and a bit quirky; she has flaws, but who doesn’t.
She goes to a party one night with her married friends, Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone) and meets Albert (James Gandolfini). He is very similar to her, he is divorced and also has a daughter who is about the same age, both are beginning to fear the empty nest syndrome that is about to occur in their lives. On that night, she also meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet, yup a real life poet, who is beautiful, friendly and really needs a massage.
This storyline in this film reminds of the movies of the 40’s and 50’s, boy meets girl, they fall in love and a comical issue keeps them apart or mad at one another. That is exactly what I enjoyed about this film. Movies do not have to be complicated, have guns, shoot-outs, gratuitous sex scenes and the like to be fun to watch.
What transpires is that Eva becomes friends with Marianne, not knowing in the beginning that she is Albert’s ex-wife. Just like most people, Albert and Marianne talk about their exes, usually in not the most flattering light. Now what happens when a person is hearing both sides? Eva sits happily in the middle, she should walk away from one or the other or just confess, but she doesn’t.
In a way, this fiasco adds a little spice to her mundane, pretty normal life.
The dialogue in the film is funny; the things that happen to the character are very realistic of moments in many people’s lives. One of the scenes I really liked is when Eva is at dinner with her ex-husband and his new wife, at this point she is kind of like the Marianne and she talks about she hated when he would buy cookies because she would eat them all and basically he contributed to her weight gain. (I seriously have this issue with my husband). These are the quirks of marriage that are real and couples either learn to live with it or they give them the boot because all the little miniscule annoying quirks add up one day into a terrible mess.
The issue here is can Eva accept Albert? After all the negative things she hears from Marianne, can she put those things aside? A lot of the things she belittles her ex about are the things Eva likes about him. He’s overweight and she doesn’t mind, he eats his guacamole with no onions, and it really doesn’t matter to her.
I thought this was a sweet and funny movie. It’s not corny, sugar coated or too sweet to taste, but just right. It’s like that perfect cookie with just the right amount of cream and crunch.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is so great in this movie; she delivers a subtle performance that leaves an imprint on your mind. James Gandolfini only serves to remind us, that he will no longer be able to give us these types of movies any longer. He was more than Tony Soprano and it is evident in this film. His character is nuanced and gracefully funny.
I highly recommend this movie, it’s a great date night, stay in, order pizza, and have some wine kind of flick.