Enough said is an intelligent, grown-up movie for the following reasons:
1) It analyzes relationships in the second half of life and addresses the fact that we need to readjust our expectations of love & marriage.
2) It shows how the opinions of others negatively impact our relationships if we listen to them.
3)It shows us that we need to laugh at ourselves & our attempts to start over and make things work.
I agree with Amanda Dobbins‘ conclusion in Vulture.com – Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a national treasure. Enough Said may be the film that proves to the powers that be that she can do much more than comedy.
Indie queen Catherine Keener almost plays against type as her most unlikeable film character in recent memory – her Marianne is a self-absorbed, hypercritical poet, who’s very negative about Albert, her ex-husband (James Gandolfini) who just happens to be dating her new friend/masseuse Eva (Louis-Dreyfus).
Holofcener slyly inserts her observations on what can ruin relationships :oftentimes it’s the little things we can later dismiss as silly, but some stubborn part of us that wants things our own way takes as a personal affront. These insights are made clear during casual conversation scenes- for example when Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is complaining to her friends Sarah & Will (Toni Collete & Ben Falcone) about a male massage client who never helps her carry her massage table up his very high staircase, Will asks “Have you ever asked him to (help)?” The two women quickly respond with exasperation that Eva shouldn’t have to ask. Obviously; however, since most men aren’t mind readers, they either need to be asked/told or the woman affect will have to suffer in silence. (Eva is later seen asking the man for help in the film).
Similarly when Eva is having dinner with friends Sarah and Will and ex husband with his new wife there’s a slightly heated discussion about cookies and how Peter used to bring them home and his ex wife Eva couldn’t help herself in eating them and Eva thought it was wrong of Peter to buy them, given her inability to control herself around them, whereas Will sypmathizes with Peter, saying that depriving himself of the cookies his right to eat whatever he wants at home were impinged upon by Eva’s inability to control herself around cookies.
It struck me as ironic that filmmaker Nicole Holofcener made Gandolfini, the leading male in the largely female driven dramedy, the most grounded/secure character in the film; which may be a comment on women’s tendency to be the more self-critical sex.