Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener; directed by Nicole Holofcener; running time is 1 hour, 33 minutes; rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity, Grade: A-
"Enough Said" is Nicole Holofcener's most traditional film to date, but its surprisingly conventional plot, so different from Holofcener's usual uniquely imagined works, doesn't fight against it.
The film, about the relationship between two middle-aged divorcees (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini), is for all intents and purposes a romantic comedy. But Holofcener ("Please Give," "Lovely & Amazing," "Walking and Talking") infuses the often shallow genre with genuine emotion as well as her refreshing brand of adult humor. She also gets two outstanding performances from her leads, who are so engaging you would gladly watch them together for hours after the movie is over.
Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a massage therapist in Los Angeles bracing herself for a bad case of empty-nest syndrome. One night she goes to a party with friends (Toni Collette and Ben Falcone) and meets two intriguing people: Marianne (Catherine Keener), a friendly if slightly spacy poet Eva immediately likes, and Albert (Gandolfini), a nice guy who later invites her out on a date. Eva is wary at first, but Albert turns out to be funny and kind and thoughtful and sweet, and he makes Eva laugh. Marianne quickly becomes Eva's friend. The twist, of course, is that Marianne and Albert used to be married.
What makes this material work so well is the chemistry between Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini. And if Gandolfini doesn't break your heart, you haven't got one. After his iconic portrayal of Tony Soprano, the actor didn't get a chance to play many roles like this one, and he's so comfortable and compelling in this good man's shoes, you will be crushed by his death all over again.
connie ogle, the miami herald