Watching Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said is a bit like watching any romantic comedy—provided you’re hung over and bleary-eyed and vulnerable, a little raw from the weight of life. Which is to say, it’s a bit less like the comedies of film and a bit more like the comedies that occur in life, with laughter a balm for tart failure and for the embarrassment of naked hope. In Enough Said, you’re going to get a huge sitcom-caliber calamity: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new best friend (Catherine Keener) turns out to be the embittered ex-wife of her new lover (James Gandolfini). But the ridiculous triangle—though unnecessarily protracted—is drawn with lines so jagged and tentative it feels formed to the shapes of the characters, rather than vice versa. The film is a rare thing: a portrait of middle-aged romance that feels genuine in its baby steps and lurches, the hesitations of people out of practice. Louis-Dreyfus’ comedy is rooted in missed opportunity and sudden regret, Keener’s often in the brittle judgment of the alpha female. Gandolfini’s? Apparently it comes from love. In his final role, he shows a tenderness and good-natured humor that imbues the film with an extra layer of pathos: that we will not know him this way again. One of his last lines in the film is “I’ve missed you.” Well, I’ll miss him, too.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Critic's Score: A-
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