(2013 - Director: Nicole Holofcener Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini)
In what will be remembered as one of James Gandolfini’s last roles, Enough Said is a purposeful and fun movie to watch. As an actor that left us far too soon, and one known for playing less than friendly characters, I think one of his last roles being a very genuine, lovable, down-to-earth guy says something. What makes this film enjoyable is the confidence that oozes out from Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and director Nicole Holofcener. It felt like that old, tattered t-shirt that’s too damn comfortable to throw away. Every time you put it on you end up reminding yourself to wear it more often. I wish more movies felt this natural and easy to enjoy.
Can someone please find Julia Louis-Dreyfus more work? Of course, she will always be Elaine from Seinfeld (and even mocked that image repeatedly on Curb Your Enthusiasm). She then stuck to TV and helmed Old Christine and HBO’s Veep, but Julia shows range in Enough Said that makes you wonder why she’s not cast in more movies, or even just more dramatic roles. She’s extraordinarily good in this movie and deserved her Golden Globe nomination.
Same goes for director Nicole Holofcener (known for directing episodes of Parks and Rec, Six Feet Under, and Sex and the City). She wrote a script not too terribly original, but it’s a good look at middle-aged romance and the fear of repeating mistakes.
What makes Enough Said worth your time is the gentle direction and chemistry between Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus. It plays to its strengths, and if Holofcener can continue to make movies this compelling, consider me a fan.