Awesome reviews from every kind of critic… The leading roles filled by two amazing actors who I don’t think we see on the big screen nearly enough… Possibly the last performance we’ll ever see from one of them… I don’t know how many more reasons I needed to see Enough Said, but for some reason it took my close to a year of hearing about how amazing it was before I ever bothered.
Julia Loui-Drufus is Eva, a middle aged divorcee with a college bound daughter. She’s a successful masseuse and happy enough, but as she trudges through her endless cycle of annoying clients, it’s obvious that something is missing. The third wheel at a party with her friends Sarah (Toni Collette) and Will (Ben Falcone), she meets two new people. Katherine Keener’s Marianne, a professional poet, and James Gandolfini’s Albert, a TV historian. Eva soon has a new client in Marianne and a new suitor in Albert.
Just as things are going swimmingly, Eva discovers Albert is the slob of an ex-husband Marianne constantly complains about. Now that she has the inside info on everything bad about the man, Eva can’t help but notice the same little quirks that eventually lead to big resentment in Albert and Marianne’s Marriage.
I didn’t just like Enough Said, I really loved it. I loved it so much, I’m a little worried I might have somehow become a 50 year old woman. This isn’t the kind of story that should interest me. Middle aged people talking about their failed marriages and feelings for 90 minutes… A standard rom-com structure so by the numbers, you can set your watch by it… But none of that is a bad thing when the characters are as interesting and as convincing as everyone in Enough Said.
Even the characters with the kinds of jobs you only see in movies, like professional poet and TV historian, didn’t bother me. It’s nothing new for successful Hollywood screenwriters to struggle with writing relatable characters with relatable problems. But even with professions like poet and TV historian, I still felt like these were real people who I could meet in real life.
When Oscar nominations were announced a couple of months ago, there was a lot of bitching about Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus not making the cut. Having now seen Enough Said, I kind of understand that reaction, but I also think there’s zero chance either would have beaten Matthew McConaughey or Kate Blanchett. The roles of Albert and Eva are just too real and too ordinary in the most natural and convincing way. There are no big character traits, ticks or monologues for the stars of Enough Said to hang their performances on. Just real people, dealing with real problems in real ways. And the Academy has no interest in giving awards to acting as believable as what we get with Enough Said.
Enough Said might be the breeziest, easiest to watch movie I’ve seen in years. I couldn’t believe how quick it zipped by. Even though I could pick every single plot point and moment of conflict a mile off, that never mattered. Hanging out with Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus more than made up for the odd cliché.