Watching Nicole Holofcenerâ€™s Enough Said is a bit like watching any romantic comedyâ€”provided youâ€™re hung over and bleary-eyed and vulnerable, a little raw from the weight of life. Which is to say, itâ€™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, youâ€™re going to get a huge sitcom-caliber calamity: Julia Louis-Dreyfusâ€™ new best friend (Catherine Keener) turns out to be the embittered ex-wife of her new lover (James Gandolfini). But the ridiculous triangleâ€”though unnecessarily protractedâ€”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-Dreyfusâ€™ comedy is rooted in missed opportunity and sudden regret, Keenerâ€™s often in the brittle judgment of the alpha female. Gandolfiniâ€™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 â€śIâ€™ve missed you.â€ť Well, Iâ€™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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