Marriage, divorce, romantic relationships, parenthood, friendship... Trite though these recurring movie themes may sound, Nicole Holofcener tackles them in such a humorous, sweet and moving way that she manages to make Enough Said one of the most delightful movies of the past few months.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a divorcée masseuse and a soon-to-be empty nester. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) at a party and they instantly hit it off. They both laugh at each other's jokes that seem to revolve around their "old age". However, at that same party, she also meets a new client; her name is Marianne (Catherine Keener) and she is divorced too. Everything goes well until Eva realizes that Marianne's "loser" ex-husband is... Albert. This is where the story gets complicated. How will Eva deal with this unusual situation? Why, on top of everything else, does she seem to be forming a very strong friendship with her daughter's best friend? And how does her daughter react to all of this?
The story is so realistic and the performances so natural that Enough Said is not simply a movie, but rather a slice of life brought to the big screen. The characters could be your friends. Nobody promises that they will live happily ever after, but you know that they will deal with whatever challenge life throws at them. Like you and me.
You'll leave the theater with a smile and, in my opinion, that's what a good movie is all about.