Enough Said
December 30, 2013
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said

Enough Said comes out on DVD on January 14, and having just seen it, I recommend it. It’s a quieter movie than many you’ve heard about this year, and it has unfortunately been overshadowed by tragedy (since co-star James Gandolfini passed away unexpectedly just a few months before its release), but it’s a comfortable and entertaining romantic comedy about the lives of adults. There aren’t as many movies made for that audience as there should be.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a divorced masseuse whose daughter is about to leave for college. At a party, she meets a guy (Gandolfini), and they hit it off. She also meets a new client (Catherine Keener) who becomes a friend. When she discovers that the ex-husband the friend keeps complaining about is her new beau, things get complicated.

This isn’t a very Hollywood movie. There isn’t a pat happy ending (although it’s not a downer, either), and that’s one of the things I liked about it. Life isn’t so neatly wrapped up — although this film doesn’t have the wandering and lack of focus either that sometimes is excused with that rationale. Instead, it’s got a good cast engaging in realistic but funny dialogue, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.

I haven’t had a chance to see the DVD, but the extras are reportedly minimal: the trailer and promotional featurettes. The Blu-ray has an additional extra, “Second Takes”. I would have thought they’d do something in tribute to Gandolfini, particularly since this is such a different type of role (and one I much prefer) for him.

Louis-Dreyfus, Nicole Holofcener, and Catherine Keener

Louis-Dreyfus, Nicole Holofcener, and Catherine Keener

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