04 Jan

Enough Said

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B+

Enough Said isn’t a “big budget” movie by any means.  The story is simple, there are no special effects or car chases.  It’s all about the relationships, the characters, and the dialogue.  And in each case we are treated to excellence!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Eva, a massage therapist and single mom whose daughter is about to go off to college.  Eva is at a cross-roads in her life when she attends a friend’s party and meets two new people who become an important part of her life.  Marianne (played by the always awesome Catherine Keener) is  someone Eva looks up to.  She’s creative, beautiful, successful and a bit of a free spirit.  Albert (played brilliantly by the late James Gandolfini) is someone Eva thought she’d never be attracted to, yet she is won over by his honesty, humor and charm.

As Eva’s friendship with Marianne grows, and her romance with Albert blossoms, she discovers that the obnoxious “ex” that Marianne is always complaining about is Eva’s new beau Albert.

Lots of great awkward situations that lead to relatable laughter.

Kudos to writer/director Nicole Holofcener. Beautiful, meaningful, touching film.

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