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Enough Said

A sweet, and funny, rom-com about middle-aged dating


At a party, Los Angeles masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) meets Albert (James Gandolfini), and the two bond over a few laughs and their shared status: Each is long-divorced and has an only child heading off to college, and neither is much interested in dating. But date they do, and a relationship begins to grow. Eva also strikes social gold with Marianne (Catherine Keener), a new client who becomes a friend. The two women amuse each other by carping about their exes — until Eva realizes that Albert is Marriane's ex. Awkward.

This rom-com from writer-director Nicole Holofcener is sweeter than some of her past films (Lovely and Amazing, Please Give), which can feature liberal doses of passive-aggressive behavior that make viewing a bit squirmy. Here, even the cringe-y scenes lean more toward comic ends than painful revelations. Still, there's some gentle examination beneath the easygoing laughs of that rare-in-Hollywood topic: middle-aged people muddling through relatively normal lives marked by marriage and family, while still keen for new encounters and experiences. Enough is warm and funny, with just a ripple of bittersweet to keep it from becoming frothy, and winning performances from a top-notch cast.

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