December 11, 2013
Someone looking only for a laugh and sweet performances may dismiss writer-director Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" as easily recommendable pleasantness. Indeed, it's wonderful to see lead roles for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, and their terrifically acted rapport can inspire comfort even as this new couple isn't always comfortable. Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) isn't quite sure what she thinks of Albert (Gandolfini), and the vitriol spouted by Albert's ex-wife (Catherine Keener), a massage client of Eva's who doesn't know her masseuse/friend is seeing her ex, only complicates matters. It's a subtly wise story about life's awkward transitions, either out of youth or back into the dating pool, captured with an anxious excitement about the new and, more for the middle-aged characters than their developing children, a simmering exhaustion toward effort they barely want to maintain. Truth isn't always spoken in the most tactful ways, but Holofcener does a lovely and mildly heartbreaking job of letting it slip.