Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won a mantle full of Emmy awards. From “Seinfeld” to “Veep”, she has without a doubt had the most successful career of any of the “Seinfeld” cast (not that we should measure such things, but there you go). But her success on the small screen hasn’t yet translated to the big screen. “Enough Said” may change that. Louis-Dreyfus is Eva, a divorced mom of a teenager about to head off to college. She’s a masseuse who drags her massage table around town in the back of her Prius. Eva goes to a party with her friends (Toni Collette and Ben Falcone) and meets two people who will upend her life. One is Marianne (Catherine Keener), a poet who according to Eva has wonderful taste, becomes a massage client. The other is Albert (James Gandolfini), a divorcee who loves and overprotects his snob of a daughter. Both relationships grown. Eva’s initial discomfort over Albert’s size becomes a non-issue as the two fall for each other. Eva also become friends with Marianne who rants on and on about her loathsome ex-husband. The audience and Eva soon learn that the ex-husband Marianne has so much disdain for is Albert. Eva struggles with revealing her relationships with both of them, not wanting to lose her new friend or her new boyfriend. “Enough Said” can be predictable, but it is very well written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. And the performances of Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini are fantastic. The two seem mismatched (both on screen and in real life) but you believe both of them and like both of them and root for it all to work out. It’s heartbreaking that this was Gandolfini’s final role, since this is a perfect role to show off his talent and range. At only 90 minutes, “Enough Said” is a little gem that should not be missed. — Alan Yudman

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s