Enough Said is part romantic comedy, part relationship disaster survival movie. Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorcée of ten years who works as a masseuse in her comfortable and affluent Californian community. On a night when she is attending a party with friends, she meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), a writer of poetry and a person in need of the services of a masseuse. An arrangement is made and Eva is the masseuse for the job. Later on during the party, Eva meets Albert (James Gandolfini, in his final role). There’s a spark between the two, leading Eva to wonder if Albert could possibly be an appropriate suitor for her.
As the relationship between Eva and Albert begins to grow and blossom into a romance, so does a friendship between Eva and her new client Marianne. As Eva gets to know Marianne, Marianne begins to open up, mostly to vent and complain about her ex-husband. The two relationships begin to grow simultaneously in Eva’s life. Unfortunately, Eva comes to the realization that her new beau and the ex-husband of her new client/confidant happens to be one in the same.
With a well-selected cast and a well-written script, Enough Said has the chance to become one of those generational movies that define an era riddled with the issues of divorce and relationship strife. Good performances are turned in by Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the hapless Eva and by James Gandolfini as the affable Albert. Supporting roles by Catherine Keener and Toni Colette serve to accent the storyline well without being too overbearing. Unfortunately, the movie fails to produce a character that the audience can get behind and root for. The only character that comes off as likable is Albert, the rest of the characters coming off as harsh and judgmental, which is the entire premise of the movie. Without that heroic (or, at least, cuddly) protagonist, the movie ends up being a car crash, the viewer just waiting for the people who have committed wrongs to lie in the beds that they’ve made for themselves.
In addition to the tragic Mexican standoff style relationship fable, there is a subplot of Eva and Albert coming to terms with the impending departure of their respective children to college. Like the rest of the movie, it’s fairly written and well acted, but it clutters and complicates the already convoluted plot line of the movie.
Overall, Enough Said doesn’t say enough to the hopeless romantic in all of us. A strong cast and glib dialogue are wasted on unlikeable characters in a storyline that leaves no survivors. A fair movie in the realm of romcoms, but not one that has to be seen in theaters to be enjoyed. Save it for that night when you and that special someone just want to keep it in.
Enough Said opens today in Philly area theaters.