Cinema Review – Enough Said

Masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) discovers that one of her clients is the ex-husband of Albert (James Gandolfini), the man she has just started seeing. Eva uses her connection to find out more about the man she is dating, but soon learns that there is a fine line between information, and too much information.

James Gandolfini – in his last role before he died – is on fantastic form in Enough Said. As Albert, the actor plays a character that is warm and endearing, but not without his flaws. Gandolfini, however, manages to make Albert feel like a rounded character, rather than the seemingly perfect man, with dark secrets. It is hard to tell whether the knowledge that the actor has sadly passed away deepens audience affection for the character, but it is very clear that Gandolfini’s easy and gently flirtatious role is that actor at his best.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is well matched with the Sopranos actor; arguably she has more to do, but her scenes with Gandolfini are natural and moving, even as she changes from a caring woman, into a nagging harpy. Louis-Dreyfus plays the awkward neurotic well and, like Gandolfini, easily steps away from the TV role she is best known for.

Toni Collette, Catherine Keener and Ben Falcone make up the rest of the cast. Keener is fantastic as the kind of person you find yourself drawn to before realising that she is a pretentious, horrible individual. Collette and Falcone’s bickering and side stepping of one another is funny and effortless.

Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener has worked on some of the best shows on TV, including Parks and Recreation, Bored to Death and Six Feet Under, and she brings this experience with her to the big screen, although don’t be fooled into thinking this is her first cinema outing. Holofcener has written characters that are relatable, a situation that is just weird enough to be real and pays wonderful attention to detail. Under her direction, actors interrupt one another, confess their hatred of feet and find themselves in the wrong place at the most awkward of times, but all of this serves to make Enough Said a well rounded, exasperating and heart warming film.

With Enough Said, Nicole Holofcener has shown the late Gandolfini at his best and created a film that feels true, for all of the flaws on display here. Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus compliment each other effortlessly as they explore the boundary between knowing, and knowing too much. Enough Said is one of the funniest, most touching and most heart warming films of the year, even though the characters, and the situation, is far from perfect.

Rating: 5/5

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