October 01, 2013 Sally Bjornsen


How much do you love Julia Louis-Dreyfus?  She is the best.  She’s  funny, expressive, beautiful and regular, in a mega-star sort of way.  This last weekend I saw the movie Enough Said.  I have to admit the impetus for going to this movie was to see James Gandolfini’s last movie (love that guy).  James was profund as expected  but what blew me away was the performance from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the amazing group of supporting actors-mostly women in her wake. Julia’s spirit and skill as an actor/comedian is so admirable you cannot help but want to  invite her home for a glass of wine and an episode of The Voice. At 52 her skin and bod are enviable (what is that girl eating?).    Directed by a woman (Nicole Holofcener) the movie is choc full of great female parts.  And it’s not just women in general it’s women in their 50s, 40s and 20s.  Catherine Keener (54 years old) was her amazing self  more drama than comedy for her this time,  Toni Collette (40 years old) is sassy as Eva’s best friend, and Tavi Gevinson is priceless as a budding college freshman who loses her virginity. Here’s the basic plot. A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a hard working, mat schlepping  masseuse who is dreading the departure of her daughter who is soon off to   college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny but sort of fat man  who is also getting ready to send his daughter off to college. As their romance unfolds, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s ex.  The acting, the emotions the touching and awkward moments of people beginning to date in their 50s is priceless.  I am not sure a 30 year old would get it.  It’s so painful in places you want to hide under your coat.  It’s so moving in others that tears are the only answer.  Is it a chick flick? Well, maybe but my husband went with me and really liked it too.




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