Enough Said (2013)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Notable Actors; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
It is refreshing to see a film about burgeoning love that is not about two Hollywood attractive twenty-somethings. Holofcener gives us a story about two likeable and believable people who are contemplating life after their teenage daughters go to college. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini are great together; they have that all-important chemistry that is crucial to the romantic comedy genre. Dreyfus' relationships with the female characters (Keener and Collette) are also well done, contrasting each other just as much as they contrast with her relationship with Gandolfini.
As I said in a previous post, I used to never tear-up in films. It now happens very frequently, and in the most unexpected places: Enough Said is one such example. When Dreyfus' Eva says goodbye to her daughter Ellen as Ellen leaves for college I found myself welling up slightly in the eye department. Holofcener presents the characters' emotions in an honest way, making us care for them, warts and all. A great addition to the oft-derided romantic comedy genre.