Enough Said (12A)
by Nicole Holofcener
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
Showing at , Liverpool
18th - 31st October 2013
You Don't know What You've Got Till It's Gone
Another rom-com set in midlife crisis middle class America, Enough Said
at times is mawkish and over sentimental but somehow Director Holofcener's
film manages to avoid too many tissues and the usual pitfalls.
The plot is improbable, but the charismatic leads carry it off with style.
Eva (Louis- Dreyfus) is a divorced masseuse of ten years standing and
is eking out a living from her unexceptional clients. Albert (Gandolfini)
works in a Popular Culture Archive and is on the rebound from his poet
wife Marieanne (Keener), who is in Joni Mitchell's circle. They all meet
by chance at a party, the outcome of which is that bubbly Eva gets a new
female customer and a date with larger than life Albert.
He cocks up on their restaurant booking, but as they stand in the queue
the ice is broken, and his humourous banter is a turn on for her. The
romance blossoms and a ray of sunshine enters the swirling insecurity
of their lives.
Both have teenage daughters about to leave for college, which further
complicates matters, as they have to interact with their old partners
to smooth the transition of their offspring into the big bad world.
Eva confides in her therapist best friend Sarah (Collette) that the sex
is good after a lot of disappointing years. She is in a solid relationship
and has two ordinary young kids.
Her own sex life in decline, she is in for the long haul with her irascible
husband. Constant bickering and wish fulfillment accompany her paranoid
furniture rearranging. It's marriage stupid. Meanwhile, their hormones
having calmed down, little foibles start to cloud the new couple's horizon.
Sex is more fumbly, and Albert says Eva is starting to sound like his
This is because Marieanne is filling Eva, now her friend, with all of
her ex's pecaddillos. He didn't like onions in his guacomole, and when
they were pushed to one side it made her physically sick. Besides, he
was always too funny, and ignored his calorie intake, despite her reasonable
requests; in the end enough reasons to get a divorce. The bad news is
that Eva brings them up with Albert and he works out where the poison
is coming from.
The three of them have it out and Eva comes off worst. As ever the pessimist
Schopenhaur would put it, in the endless search for true happiness, life
has to go on. The soundtrack echoes this sentiment, and the last song
by Oliver Everett, 'I like the way this is going', looks to the positive...
So how will it all end?