Wednesday, October 9 2013, 10:27 AM MDT
Movie Review: Enough Said
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener
Recommended To: Those looking for a slightly smarter romantic comedy than you’re used to seeing.
Synopsis: Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced masseuse with a daughter who is about to leave for college. Looking to fill the void her daughter’s departure will cause Eva starts dating Albert (James Gandolfini) only to discover that he is the ex-husband of one of her new clients (Catherine Keener).
Review: Director/writer Nicole Holofcener’s latest film is a romantic comedy with an independent movie aesthetic. The characters are older, less glamorous and generally more real. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t give in here and there to the typical rom-com clichés and tropes, but it at least has the decency to try and inject some intelligence into the proceedings. This makes Enough Said infinitely more enjoyable than a film like Baggage Claim, which is so cheesy and calculated that it dares audiences not to be insulted by its false charm. The late James Gandolfini might not be the traditional romantic lead, but he is likeable and charming in such a way that makes his relationship with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character feel entirely plausible.
-Ryan Michael Painter