James Gandolfini's charisma wasn't something turned on at will, but a radio vibe that radiated from deep within: It's in the timbre of his voice, his rolling carriage, the way he's always just one flirtatious millisecond behind the beat. Part of what Gandolfini does was acting; but sometimes acting is an intensification of being. It’s easy to find joy in just about everything he does here. Gandolfini plays Albert, a divorced dad who's getting ready to send his daughter off to college. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Eva, a masseuse, is in the same boat. They meet at a party and tentatively begin dating. At that same party, Eva meets poet Marianne (Catherine Keener), a tall, boho drink of water. Marianne becomes first one of Eva’s clients and then a friend. Eva tells Marianne about the funny, sexy, somewhat overweight guy she's started dating; Marianne complains about her own sloppy ex-husband. You might guess before they do that they're talking about the same guy. But the central plot contrivance isn't the point. What matters is director Nicole Holofcener's knack for observing not just the way people respond to extreme situations, but what they do in everyday ones. Enough Said is a romantic comedy of sorts, one set in deep middle age, that time when you start wondering if there are any surprises left (aside from unpleasant ones). That alone makes it unusual, not to mention the fact that Holofcener and her cinematographer, Xavier Pérez Grobet, are highly attuned to the geography of 40ish and 50ish faces. Keener and Louis-Dreyfus, of course, both look "good," but they also look "their age," whatever that means these days, and Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini are lovely together.
Nicole HolofcenerJulia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson, Tracey FairawayNicole HolofcenerStefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman20th Century Fox