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“Enough Said” is one lovely little romantic comedy. The dialogue is funny, poignant, clever and bittersweet. The acting is right on target.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Eva, a divorced single mother of a teenage girl, who makes her living as a private masseuse. The late James Gandolfini plays Albert, a divorced single dad, also with a teenage daughter, who earns his living as a TV archivist. They meet at a party and start seeing each other. The first date and subsequent meetings are a bit awkward, as the middle-aged insecure characters get to know each other more intimately.
Eva also meets Merianne (Catherine Keener), a divorced poet, at the same party. She becomes her masseuse and good friend. They share intimate discussions, often about their ex-husbands. If you’ve seen the previews, you know that Eva’s new love interest is none other than Marianne’s ex. Enough said. Eva has painted herself into a complicated corner, and it looks like she’s not going to get out.
That’s the simple story. The joy is the sometimes awkward, often charming relationship that develops between Eva and Albert. Here are two middle-aged people who have seen their marriages fall apart, are trying to do the best as single parents sharing their kids with their exes, and cautiously entering a relationship that further complicates their lives.
The writers have given Dreyfus and Gandolfini wonderful dialogue, and the two great actors run with it. Every moment they are together is a joy to witness. You find yourself pulling for them at every turn.
Knowing that this was Gandolfini’s final movie before his untimely death is so sad, as you think of what a perfect pair he and Dreyfus made, and what great possibilities there were for a sequel.
This lovely little movie is at the Avon and well worth the trip to the East Side. Rated PG-13, with some profanity and sex. An intelligent ride for middle age and older adults looking for a pleasant hour and a half at the movies.