Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to the big screen (aside from voicing characters in Planes and A Bug’s Life) after sixteen years. Her last feature film work was Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry in 1997. In Enough Said (rated PG-13), she plays a divorced masseuse named Eva who meets Albert, played by James Gandolfini in one of his last roles. They both have daughters who are about to go out of state for college and they connect and begin to date.
There’s actually a bit of twist to the plot which is revealed about halfway through the film, but is displayed prominently in the trailer. As a courtesy, I’ve decided to leave it out until after the jump. So if you’d prefer to go in fresh and not know, stop reading. If you want to know, read on.
Eva becomes good friends with one of her clients, named Marianne, who constantly bad-mouths her ex-husband. You later find out, her ex-husband is none other than Albert, the man Eva is now dating. She’s conflicted at first, because she feels that she should tell both of them that she knows the other, and yet she can’t help but listen to Marianne’s complaining because she sees it as a look in to the future with Albert.
The film is actually wonderfully written and Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini have excellent chemistry. They work really well together and the relationship feels very real. Aside from Seinfeld, I haven’t seen Julia Louis-Dreyfus in much but she shines in this film.
It’s a great date movie and I enjoyed it a good bit. I give it an A-.