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September 24, 2013

CALLERI: Gandolfini's presence makes "Enough Said" something special

Niagara Gazette — Nicole Holofcener’s name may not be recognizable to many moviegoers. It deserves to be.

She’s the writer-director of four relationship comedies, which showcase in strong and sincere ways how adults talk and interact with each other, whether they are friends, partners, or spouses. Her feature films are “Walking And Talking,” “Lovely And Amazing,” “Please Give,” and “Friends With Money.”

Holofcener makes movies about people who could really exist in your life. Her films are filled with honest emotions and reactions. She creates believable characters, especially women.

Like Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, and Hal Hartley, Holofcener is a personal filmmaker who cares about the audience and delivers comic pictures that are not about insult and invective.

“Enough Said” is Holofcener’s newest and finest work yet.

The movie focuses on Eva, a divorced masseuse played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Eva lives in a pleasant middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. She has an uncomplicated daughter named Ellen (Tracey Fairaway), who will soon be off to college. Her ex-husband has rebuilt his life. Ellen’s needy friend Chloe (Tavi Gevinson) prefers hanging out at Eva’s house. In fact, Chloe relates to Eva in a more pertinent way than to her own mother. She continually asks her for advice about life and love.

One evening, Eva meets a man named Albert at party, and he intrigues her. Will he be the one to snap her out of her romantic doldrums? The fellow’s the curator at a museum dedicated to vintage television shows. Albert is a nice guy, also divorced, and also with a daughter heading to college. There is one serious hurdle regarding Albert that bothers Eva. He’s overweight. Eva is slim and into healthy eating. Albert enjoys food and isn’t embarrassed by his size or appetite. He is who he is. He readily admits that his excessive weight played a role in his divorce.

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