Reviews: Enough Said, a rom-com for grown-ups
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini are 'a revelation' in this smart comedy about middle-aged dating
What you need to know Critics are praising the "charming" and "adult" romantic comedy Enough Said, which has opened in UK cinemas. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener's film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep), and James Gandolfini (Sopranos) in his final lead role before his death earlier this year.
Louis-Dreyfus plays masseuse and divorced single parent Eva, who begins a relationship with another divorcee, Albert (Gandolfini). When Eva realises her new massage client is Albert's ex-wife, she succumbs to the temptation to find out about Albert's bad points, but too much information causes problems for the fledgling relationship.
Catherine Keener plays Albert's ex-wife, and Toni Collette appears as Eva's friend and confidante.
What the critics like Nicole Holofcener has a reputation for making Woody Allen-ish chick-flicks and Enough Said is her best yet, says Cath Clarke in Time Out. "This is what we wanted from the new Bridget Jones book, a smart comedy about dating in your 50s."
Holofcener has created a thoroughly likable and genuinely funny rom-com for adults and its stars, Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini, are "a revelation", says Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian. This film is a smart and winning story about what is involved in middle-aged love.
Enough Said is "a charming, big-hearted movie and a fitting valediction to a much-mourned actor", says Ian Freer in Empire. It skewers the tenderness, hesitancies and confusions of the dating game, with smart, sensitive writing and great performances from Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini.
What they don't like This very slight comedy of failed marriages and averagely disappointing late middle-age is "too depressing", says Antonia Quirke in the Financial Times. It also leaves you sad and irked that Gandolfini's last part wasn't more memorable. ·