Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Nicole Holofcener
Written By: Nicole Holofcener
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is presented with an interesting conflict of interest in Enough Said. In that her newest friend, is also the ex-wife of her new boyfriend. Eva, a divorcee herself, knows the situation can only end badly, but the opportunity to protect herself emotionally by essentially trying to get the inside track on her new boyfriend, is to good to let go.
Nicole Holofcener has written and directed and great little film here. The story explores relationships in a way I haven’t seen before. Several of its characters have come from failed relationships which ended on a sour note, including Eva. Eva is then presented with two descriptions of the new man she’s dating, Albert (James Gandolfini.) She initially really likes him, but after spending some time with his ex-wife, her relationship becomes poisoned. She’s afraid to fall into another situation similar to her first marriage, so she stops trusting her own feelings, and the relationship suffers.
This movie is impeccably acted and very mature. James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have an on screen chemistry that’s rarely seen on the big screen. The supporting cast too are a joy to watch, and spend time with. It’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus that deserves the most credit though. Her performance is incredible, and it would be nice for it to be acknowledged during the 2013/2014 award season.
Your enjoyment of this movie will depend a lot on your own reaction to the situation presented to Eva. If you believe you would be upfront and honest, and immediately inform everyone involved about the connection you’ve made between a divorced couple. You might be irritated that Eva doesn’t do the same. If you understand and accept the reasoning behind her motivations, you will get a lot out of this film.
Best viewing format:
While I would always encourage people to visit their local theater to support smaller independent movies like this. I honestly didn’t see or hear anything that required a large movie screen. You’d enjoy this just as much at home with a HD showing.
All the initial meetings between Eva and Albert are really fun to watch. James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have such great chemistry, that I personally could have just watched them chat for another couple of hours!