Enough Said 
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writers: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone
Running Time: 93 minutes
Enough Said will always be remembered for being James Gandolfini’s final lead role before his premature death last summer, and it’s a bittersweet performance.
Gandolfini plays Albert, a sweet, gentle giant of a man who catches the interest of a masseuse named Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Both are single parents and relatively recent divorcees, and they are each struggling to come to grips with their daughters leaving for college. When the two of them meet at a party, they amusingly bond over how they aren’t attracted to anyone there. A little bit of flirting leads to a first date, and the two seem to hit it off from there.
Both characters are lonely souls with little in the way of friends. However, at that same party, Eva gives her business card to a poet named Marianne (Catherine Keener). At their first meeting, the two of them start talking and develop a friendship of their own. Things seem to be looking up for Eva, who now has a new love interest as well as a good friend.
Naturally, there’s a wrinkle in her newfound relationships. There’s a pretty significant plot twist here which I won’t reveal (though you will probably be able to guess it within moments of the film starting), and it causes the film to dig deeper into Eva’s personality. She learns things about Albert from a biased perspective, and it causes her to look at him in a different light. This actually amounts to a fairly conventional romcom plot, but it works here because of the great characters within.
Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini have a strange, enigmatic type of chemistry between them, and they are completely believable as a new couple. Albert is a self-proclaimed slob (though not the hoarding type, he says) and maybe a bit too simple-minded, but it’s clear he has a good heart, and Eva is drawn to him right away. The banter between them is well-written and often funny, and nothing feels forced.
Gandolfini plays against type here, and his performance is so strong that it makes it even more depressing that he is no longer with us. I would have loved to have seen him take on other parts like this, which is about as far from Tony Soprano as you can imagine. Louis-Dreyfus is also in excellent form, and it’s great to see her in a rare lead role. Catherine Keener, Toni Colette and Ben Falcone round out the supporting cast, with each playing small but pivotal roles.
Enough Said isn’t a complex film, but it is a well-made one. It’s the rare romantic comedy (a middle-aged one, at that) that isn’t too saccharine, and it’s genuinely funny more often than not. Don’t let this one slip under your radar.