Enough Said

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Enough Said (B-).  I was lured into this movie by the favorable reviews (a score of 79 on Metacritic, 95% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and it was decent enough.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s Seinfeld) stars as Eva, a divorced masseuse of a certain age who is fretting over her daughter Ellen’s imminent departure for college.  I was not a big Seinfeld fan, but I get the impression that Louis-Dreyfus specializes in playing characters who make bad and self-sabotaging choices.  That’s certainly the case here.  Eva starts dating a nice-enough fellow named Albert (James Gandolfini, Zero Dark Thirty), and she simultaneously picks up a new client named Marianne (Catherine Keener, The 40-Year-Old Virgin).  She quickly figures out that Albert and Marianne used to be married, but [bad decision #1] she decides not to tell either Albert or Marianne about this connection so she can get information about Albert from Marianne.  Meanwhile [bad decision #2], she latches onto her daughter’s needy best friend Chloe (Tavi Gevinson, a dead ringer for a young Michelle Williams) as a surrogate daughter before her real daughter is even out the door.  Given the set-up, the outcome is a little over-determined.  Billed as a comedy, Enough Said really doesn’t generate many laughs.  But as a character study, it is not bad.


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