Lunch & a Movie Series :: Enough Said (2013)
Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener
About the Movie: Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcenter. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Galdolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben Falcone. Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a divorced masseuse who begins a relationship with Albert (Gandolfini), only to discover that he is the ex-husband of her client and friend Marianne (Keener).
Brief Synopsis: Eva (Louis-Dreyfus), a masseuse and the divorced mother of a teenage girl, attends a party in Pacific Palisades with her friends, married couple Will (Ben Falcone) and Sarah (Toni Collette). There she meets a poet, Marianne (Catherine Keener), and Will introduces Eva to one of his friends, Albert (James Galdolfini). After the party, Albert asks Will for Eva’s number and, although hesitant since she is not physically attracted to him, Eva agrees to go on a dinner date with Albert, which goes well. Marianne contacts Eva for a massage, and after taking an immediate liking to one another they become friends.
Eva finds herself growing fonder of Albert and they have lunch with his teenage daughter, Tess (Eve Hewson), who, like Eva’s daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairaway), is graduating from high school and moving away to attend college. A few days later, Eva goes to her massage appointment with Marianne and realizes that Albert is Marianne’s ex-husband after Marianne tells a story about how he eats guacamole—the same story Albert had told Eva. Tess then arrives at the house and Eva’s suspicions are confirmed. Marianne tries to introduce Eva to Tess, but Eva hides behind a tree to avoid the meeting. Eva continues seeing Albert, keeping her friendship with Marianne a secret; likewise, she does not tell Marianne that she is seeing him.
Eva encourages Marianne to voice her complaints about Albert so she can identify potential problems in her relationship with him. At the encouragement of Eva, Sarah and Will invite her and Albert to a dinner party, which ends badly after Eva nitpicks over Albert’s faults, which upsets him. At another appointment with Marianne, Eva is exposed when Albert arrives to drop Tess off. He is angry that Eva kept her friendship with Marianne a secret, and breaks up with her.
Where the two of them go from here, dealing with the realities of what happened, the coincidences and the impact on things said and not said, are spoilers that I’m not going to reveal. It is thought provoking, though, to think how you would handle the scenario from Eva’s perspective, and from Albert’s.
Why I chose it: A few weeks back I was having dinner with a close friend of mine and this movie was playing in the background. We talked about it a little and she mentioned how much she loved it. I’d always meant to see it, but never gotten around to it, so after that night I went looking for it. I also chose it because I love James Galdolfini and Catherine Keener.
My thoughts in three sentences: It was so refreshing to watch a romantic comedy genre film featuring older adults, and not just fresh-faced early twenty-somethings, not that I don’t enjoy those as well, but nice to see a story about adults my age. I loved this film, even when it was painful to watch. There was a moment when James Galdolfini made me cry just because I missed the actor, and this movie made me actually like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which is a first for me (no, I was not a Seinfeld fan – sorry).
Best: Eva, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of her. I felt for her so deeply, related in some ways to her, cringed when she was making mistakes, and cheered for her all the way to the end. Her relationships in this, every one, was so realistic and flushed-out and relatable. I also loved Albert in this, fell for him the way Eva did, and James Galdolfini, he is so missed as an actor.
Worst: Nothing. I mean, unless I were to say the character of Marianne, but she was supposed to be unlikable, and boy was she ever. Catherine Keener played her perfectly, I just could not stomach her character.
Rating (out of 5): 5