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Enough Said, better known as James Gandolfini’s final film, tells the story of divorced empty nesters trying to decide what’s next for themselves.  Having been committed to raising their children through the years, they now find themselves dealing with the concept of having free time of their hands, and so dating once again becomes a reality.  The film follows Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (Gandolfini), as they explore their budding relationship and face the fact that the complexities of dating never really change.  To add stress upon this new romance, Eva is influenced by a disgruntled fellow divorcee, Marianne (Catherine Keener), who she lets get into her head a little too much.  The question looms large throughout.  Can Eva and Albert’s relationship survive its awkwardness, or will it simply serve as the next phase in these two people’s lives?

This film is like The New Adventures of Old Christine in a theatrical version.  Or, at least, we can count on Louis-Dreyfus to channel Old Christine with all her flightiness, narcissism, eagerness, and sense of curiosity.  As a fan of The New Adventures…, I was thrilled to quickly recognize the quirkiness of the character of Eva.  Although I cannot relate to the position that Eva and Albert are in, I did enjoy watching their relationship unfold.  At first it was cautious and somewhat lukewarm.  Then things started to heat up a little.  And then the challenges of such a partnership began to emerge.  I generally find most characters that Catherine Keener plays to be quite unlikable, and Marianne falls right in line.  She slowly poisons Eva, however inadvertent, and so she’s sort of the heel in this story.  She’s also extremely pretentious, which also starts to wear off on the impressionable Eva. 

It was somewhat frustrating to watch the relationship between Eva and Albert begin to fall apart, as I had hoped that they’d defy the odds.  But this film actually presents a somewhat realistic scenario.  Starting over and once again finding love—it doesn’t always work out the first time, but you learn from the experience, and that’s what we’re presented with here.  I know, I’m spoiling everything, but I assure you, the ending of this is left somewhat open ended.  An idealist could imagine that Eva and Albert ultimately make it, and maybe they do, but either way there’s value in the lessons that are learned. 

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Enough Said is somewhat sweet but also quite funny.  As I said, I enjoyed watching Louis-Dreyfus bring her distinctly typical mannerisms to the character of Eva.  Some of the awkwardness that emerges between Eva and Albert is hilarious, and there are plenty of silly, but funny jokes to carry the film.  The movie does not rely on dumb humor—although many of the jokes are throwaways—and so it’s refreshing to have an adult comedy that isn’t lewd or gross-out. 

As troubling as it is to watch Eva and Albert in conflict, it’s also a learning experience and so I appreciate the value of what we’re exposed to.  However screwed up Eva and Albert become, they can always look to Eva’s friends Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone) as the prime example of dysfunctional.  And yet Sarah is supposed to be a therapist.  I think the point of the film is to show that no one truly has it all together.  Even both Eva and Albert’s daughters are a little screwed up.  But we also learn that every person has value and goodness underneath the surface.

Enough Said is a journey through the lives of others, and so you’re encouraged to get on board and go for the ride.  There are ups and downs to the trek, but I found it worth the price of admission. 

Thumbs up.

 

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Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a masseuse and a divorced mother with one child. She is friends with Will (Ben Falcone) and Sarah (Toni Collette), whom are married. One evening, the couple invites her to come along with them to a party. While at the party, Eva meets a few new people.

First is a woman named Marianne (Catherine Keener). Marianne is a poet, fellow divorcee and mother, as well as a potential client. The two of them hit it off and Eva gives her a business card. Marianne just so happens to be looking for someone to help her with a little shoulder soreness. Eva begins to treat Marianne and the two become friendly with one another. Marianne also likes to complain about her ex-husband and complain about him a lot.

The other person she meets at the party is a guy named Albert. Albert (James Gandolfini) is…well I don’t know exactly what his job is called, but he archives TV shows and movies for some kind of digital catalog. He basically watches a lot of TV and movies, writes short descriptions for them, and converts them to a digital format. Dream job, hello! The two of them flirt a little bit, but go their separate ways.

Eva must have made an impression, because Albert asks Will and Sarah for her number. While Eva found him funny, she wasn’t particularly attracted to Albert, but reluctantly agrees to go out with him. The both of them have good sense of humor and laughter becomes a big part of their relationship. They go out on several dates, enjoy each other’s company, and eventually become a happy couple.

That is until Eva realizes that the ex-husband Marianne is always complaining about is Albert. Cue the laugher, a little drama, and you’ve got yourself a nice little dramedy (that’s a comedy/drama for you non-hip types).

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I have really grown to like Julia Louis-Dreyfus over the years. I always enjoyed her on Seinfeld. In more recent years she found some success in The Old Adventures of New Christine (which was criminally underrated).  She has a very natural delivery. You might not know this, but she’s filthy rich. I’m not talking about her money from acting. Her father is a billionaire, but you would never know it be her on-screen performances. She plays funny, quirky, and slightly troubled people very well. She has a great laugh too. I can't not laugh whenever she is laughing.

Speaking of everyday person, James Gandolfini takes a break from his tough guy roles and plays a normal – if not shy – guy in Albert. I’m used to seeing him as a henchman (Get Shorty and 8MM) or an imposing figure (The Sopranos and Hart’s War). But Albert is a really normal guy and the complete antithesis of the types of characters he’s known for.

This movie is quite funny and has just enough drama to make it a viable drama – without getting too somber – too. I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was given the He said She said seal of approval on January 30, 2014.  

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