Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini star in the awkwardly charming dramedy Enough Said.
In some ways, there is enough said already…
Enough Said follows Eva (Louis-Dreyfus), an in-home masseuse, as she navigates the problematic terrain of sending her daughter to college while looking for love. Eva meets Albert (Gandolfini) at a ritzy party and despite admitting her un-attraction to him, later goes on the first date of many. At the same party, Eva acquires a new client, Marianne (Catherine Keener), who turns out to be Albert’s ex-wife.
What should be a comedic plot line instead introduces plenty of awkward moments, where the audience and Eva are privy to the past marital issues between her new wannabe best friend and boyfriend, in their own words. Eva shares this all with her best friend, Sarah (Australian sounding Toni Collette), providing some of the most honest dialogue ever to be found in a ‘romantic comedy’.
Enough Said is structured somewhat around the educational progress of Eva’s daughter (Tracey Fairaway) and Albert’s daughter (Eve Hewson). When the relationship starts, the daughters are preparing to go off to college. Mid relationship, the daughters leave for college and in full circle, when the daughters return for Thanksgiving break, the movie comes to a close.
I went into Enough Said with very high hopes. I had seen a few reviews praising its individuality, its honesty and its ability to spill the truth about the reality of relationships. Perhaps I am too young to appreciate being divorced, middle aged and looking for love again. Whilst I laughed in parts (Louis-Dreyfus’ constantly comical expressions), I found, in others, I felt the awkwardness as my own.
Whether or not the film deserves praise for projecting its characters’ discomfort onto the audience, I’ll leave to you to decide. I’m disappointed that the chemistry between to lead lovers seems a little bland… I’m not convinced they really were falling in love (none of the giddy love seen in One Chance) or even liked each other.
If you are a fan of Julia Louis-Dreyfus or James Gandolfini (in one of his last films), get in and see this film (on limited release around the country). It’s a film that will leave you with a few things to think about and have you examining your own relationship (or future ones) with fresh eyes.