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James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole's Holocener's best film yet,
This review is from: Enough Said (DVD)
Nicole Holofcener has directed a handful of movies that few people have seen. They have fallen into a category of "women's movies" that most men steer clear of lest they become gay or something. I've seen them all ("Lovely & Amazing" is my favorite) and I'm still straight. And while her movies are far from terrible they are not terribly memorable either. "Enough Said" is her best feature yet and yes, it's OK for a man too.
A large part of the attraction is the late James Gandolfini who plays Albert, a bit of a slob, but funny and adorable. Albert is divorced from Marianne (Holofcener regular Catherine Keener). Together they have a daughter heading for college. Although Albert is a key character in the storyline, his counterpart, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has multiple relationships to deal with. If you've watched Louis-Dreyfus over the years, you should be able to appreciate her dead-pan humor, much of which is displayed all over her face. That talent comes across equally well on the big screen.
Like Albert, Eva is divorced and has a daughter headed off to college. When Eva and Albert meet for the first time at a party, the chemistry between them is evident right off the bat. Holofcener, who also wrote the movie, is equally generous with some great lines that each actor delivers almost offhandedly. They're both great. Their lives get complicated as Eva had given her business card to Marianne at the same party. She's a massage therapist and gets a call from Marianne. They become friends but Eva is initially unaware that Albert, who she is now seeing regularly, is Marianne's ex. As Marianne continually complains about her ex, Eva finally realizes the conflict. But rather than announce it, or break off one of the relationships, she goes with it (it's a movie, not real life). It's just a matter of time when the deception is unveiled and of course everyone is hurt.
While the ending can be predicted, the banter between the characters is terrific. Toni Collette and Ben Falcone play Eva's married best friends and they get in some funny zingers as well. Highly recommended for all genders.