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Gandolfini Exits the Stage with his Last Offering “Enough Said”

September 16th, 2013 by in Entertainment with 264 Views

With “Enough Said”, James Gandolfini unfortunately turns in his final performance. This movie provides a change of pace for James Gandolfini from his normal tough guy roles. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener gives us a complex simple story about a divorced mother that is faced with the loneliness that comes with her daughter preparing to leave home.

Simple Story with Complex Characters

“Enough Said” gives us an intimate look at a woman named Eva, portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, that is coming to terms with the new situation she finds herself in. Along the way, she starts to befriend her neighbor Albert, played with easy charm by James Gandolfini, who is going through a similar situation. Things get complicated when Eva starts hanging out with the perfect Marianne, portrayed by Toni Collette. Eva loves everything about her new friend Marianne, except for the fact that she is constantly complaining about her ex-husband, who is coincidentally Albert.

Holofcener has had an eccentric career, writing for a variety of witty of shows, such as “Six Feet Under”, “Gilmore Girls”, and “Enlightened”, as well as directing several feature films. With “Enough Said”, Holofcener provides a linear storyline in order to create a traditional comedy with moments of drama. The main schtick that is employed is the fact that Eva is unaware that her ex-bashing friend is the ex-wife of the guy she is starting to date.

The story unravels gracefully, without throwing the humor of the situation in our faces. Holofcener is able to weave the story together quite comfortably and provides plenty of witty dialogue that never really verges on being self-absorbed.

The Cast Carries the Movie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the lead and carries the movie from beginning to end. From her opening scenes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes Eva an approachable character that the audience can relate to. Much more down-to-earth than her memorable role on Seinfeld or the recent Veep. As we already know, she has no problem delivering quick-witted lines, which are present; though, Eva is more self-defacing than Elaine from Seinfeld.

The supporting cast members are no slouches. Both James Gandolfini and Toni Collette give pleasant performances. Toni Collette always appears slightly aloof and her character in “Enough Said” is no different; however, Marianne is meant to come across this way. She is a poet that is living a luxurious life of cocktail parties and massages. At first, it is almost hard to imagine how Albert and Marianne ever ended up together in the first place.

For the role of Albert, there couldn’t have been a better choice than James Gandolfini. While we normally associate Gandolfini with tough guy roles, Albert is charming and just as easy to relate to as Eva. It is a nicely toned down role for Gandolfini and he does not disappoint. Immediately, there are similarities between Eva and Albert, making it hard to believe that there could be anything about him that Marianne would hate.

If you want a light fun movie to watch, “Enough Said” is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Holofcener is able to create a realistic group of characters and find just the right person to play each part. This makes “Enough Said” the perfect swan song for the beautifully delightful James Gandolfini.

  • Jessica

    Seems like a good movie-looking forward to seeing it!

  • Michael Flash

    He is a beast in The Sopranos!

  • Sakil Hossen

    Not watched Enough Said so far!! But considering from the details of this post I’m quite excited to check it out. I care for good movies, where everyone performed well.