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article imageReview: 'Enough Said' is a spark of brilliance in the tired rom com genre Special

By Kristal Cooper     Sep 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Nicole Holofcener continues her excellent track record of telling women's stories with intelligence and grace with her latest, a romantic comedy imbued with wit and charm, and boasting some stellar performances.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a masseuse and divorced Mom who’s going through a massive life change. Her daughter is about to leave for University and she’s suddenly faced with the idea of being alone for the first time in 18 years.
Her only friends, married couple Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone), are eager to help Eva meet a man so they invite her to a friend’s party where she meets Marianne (repeat Holofcener player Catherine Keener), a poet who’s interested in employing Eva’s massage services, and Albert (James Gandolfini, absolutely glowing in his final role), a big teddy bear of a man who initially seems uninterested in Eva, but eventually ends up asking her out on a date.
The two go out, and although Eva is reticent about really opening her heart to Albert, she soon finds that they have a lot in common — his daughter is also about to leave for school and both have a contentious relationship with their exes — and before long the two are falling in love.
Meanwhile, Eva’s professional relationship with Marianne is quickly turning into a more personal one as they bond over their shared status as divorcees in the dating world. It quickly becomes evident to Eva though, that the ex-husband that Marianne complains so bitterly about is actually Albert, leaving her with a big dilemma: come clean about the coincidence or use Marianne as a "human Trip Advisor" to scout out Albert's relationship issues before she falls too deeply in love with him.
Holofcener is an expert at creating quirky and interesting characters who are also incredibly relatable. She has a way with treating the trivial indignities of life with a gravitas that makes the emotional truths in her films seem especially profound, even when she's just shedding some cinematic light on things we all deal with every day, whether it's the surreptitious eye-roll thrown at someone who fails to hold a door open or the pained smile plastered on while listening to someone jabber on about their vacation. These are the moments that Holofcener excels at capturing and they're what elevate Enough Said from just another romantic comedy to a nuanced study in adults forced to suddenly grow up and learn to let others into their hearts.
It's just enough to make you wish that all romantic comedies were a little more like Enough Said.
Enough Said opens on September 27, 2013.
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