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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Teddy bear Albert (James Gandolfini) and a lady with a sense of humor Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) are in their 50s and both bring a lot of ‘baggage’ to their relationship when they meet. It is their softness and funniness that make “Enough Said” a film full of laughs and tears. The fact that this is one of Gandolfini’s last performances adds an unintended sadness but doesn’t take away from the fun both leads are having with each other.

Both Eva and Albert are divorced and have a child ready to leave the nest with Eva’s daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairway) and his daughter Tess (Eve Hewson) both heading away from home to go to school. Her ex has remarried and his hasn’t and the latter becomes the fly in the ointment.

In spite of faults that his ex-wife may see in Albert he has a natural charisma that charms Eva and they begin seeing each, naturally falling into bed and having sex, after their initial meeting at a party. At that same party she is introduced to a poet, Marianne. (Catherine Keener), who becomes one of Eva’s customers--she is a masseuse--and they become close friends which gives Marianne the chance to dump on her ex. At about the same time Eva and the audience realize the she is talking about Albert. At the beginning of the relationship Eva confides in Sarah (Toni Collette) about what a good. nice guy Albert is only to hear her change her mind about him the longer she knows Marianne. At one point, after they had been on a date with Sarah and her husband Albert tells Eva he feels as if he has been on a date with his ex-wife. Eva has a couple of times when she can mention Marianne but neglects to purposely.

Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus, with the help of director and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, and the rest of the cast, raise this romantic comedy about middle age relationships way above norm. There are many laughs, and a few tears, along with a look at real life helping you forget that this is what would be considered an ‘old’ couple to many but, also, helps you see Gandolfini as a performer with many varied roles ahead only to lose them before his time.

This is definitely a feel good better than average romantic comedy.
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