Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, some thematic material and brief language. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: September 18, 2013 Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Nicole Holofcener's latest SoCal-based tale may be too voluble for some, but her ability to cast well consistently add up to distinctive low-budget efforts from Lovely & Amazing to Please Give. Even if it doesn't appear to be original or a little more ambitious than may be expected of the aplomb she possesses.
Enough Said stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener (a favorite of the director), and Toni Collette. It's an adult-minded romantic comedy that also may share similar thematic considerations as the Jennifer Aniston-starrer Friends With Money. It deserves and may gain a wider audience in part to one of the last roles for the imposing, stout Gandolfini who endows his divorced Albert with a very relaxed presence and dry humor. Who knows if comedy would have been in his future, ala Robert DeNiro (who even sends up his own typecasting in The Family). Based on this ingratiating turn it's certain that many more offers would be keeping his agent and publicist busy.
Yet, a small-screen comedy veteran like Louis-Dreyfus (on SNL before hitting it big on Seinfeld) doesn't seem to make an ideal fit opposite the hulk-ish actor known for his iconic New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano. But, through her massage therapist in Eva, she does under the sensitive handling of the material from a reliably heady Holofcener. A kindred spirit to Albert, Eva similarly isn't really looking for another soulmate, but there's something attractive about his personality, the way he conducts himself. They both have teens (most likely on their way to college) who get involved in the conversations when it comes to the philosophies of relationships and to whom people like their parents may be best suited.
The winding discourses may have a customary way about them but it's in the appreciation and understanding of a newfound situation that could be lasting. Collette's Sarah has much to say to friend Eva when it comes to the opposite sex when not getting on her maid's nerves in a brusque way. Keener's Marianne
happens to be Albert's ex who expresses how much of a slob that he is when she becomes Eva's latest client and doesn't (like Collette) to try and be a scene-stealer instead of allowing Eva and Albert to flourish.
And, that's what they do in the accurately-named Enough Said which may resonate most with middle-agers but can easily be viewed as a sweet ode to unexpected potential love when it comes to the tangible, honestly amusing interplay between Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini. A palliative, insightful possibility for cineastes looking for counter programming and candor without
devolving into another maudlin studio contrivance.