'Enough Said' is a romantic comedy done well
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Director: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
“Enough Said” is a romantic comedy that even a guy can bear to watch. Writer and director Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give") gives us a taste of a sensible comedy without all the yucky emotions involved in Nicholas Sparks adaptations.
Holofcener has a solid cast full of talent, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeld”), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Catherine Keener (“Forty-Year-Old Virgin”), and Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine”). The film wouldn't work with any other cast because you can tell these guys genuinely loved working together.
The film begins with Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) as she goes about her rigorous routine of being a full time work-on-the-go massage therapist. Her days consist of rubbing hairy chests and listening to housewives whine about their day. As if you didn’t need to sympathize her any more, she has a daughter, who is heading off to college soon.
Breaking away from the monotony of her daily life, one night she goes to a party with her best friend Sarah (Collette), and at the beginning it seems like one of those boring parties. However, she eventually meets a poet (Keener) and Albert, a man who is introduced to her.
Initially, Albert and Eva don’t connect, but after a couple of dates they are head over heels in love. Meanwhile, Marianne — the poet — has started seeing Eva as her masseuse and they seem to be good friends, but Marianne doesn’t stop whining about her sloppy, overweight ex-husband.
After a few visits to Marianne’s, Eva connects some dots and discovers something that leaves her with a huge dilemma.
Some people say this film could have been a rebirth for Gandolfini, who was pinned as a hard-headed mobster, but we will never know.
Sadly, this film marks the end to Gandolfini’s career. The actor died shortly after the filming ended, marking the end of a brilliant body of work. His performance in this film was unlike any other; for the first time in a long time you get insight into a man’s feelings during a film without it coming across as cheesy or part of the comedic relief.
This movie has its awkward moments, but it's all in good fun. For example, Eva has to rub on some mature guy’s hairy chest. Gross.
Set in sunny California, “Enough Said” has simple camera movements and no flashy computer-generated imagery, which is always nice when you don’t have to decide what's real and what's CGI. Altogether, it's a cute romantic comedy that won’t have you leaving the theater with tears running down your cheeks.
“Enough Said” is a testament to middle-age romance. It gives hope to all of those hopeless romantics out there who think love won’t come their way. It's an entertaining film that plays with your emotions — the quintessential romantic comedy done right.
Brent Stenstrom is a film and media studies senior.