Grady Smith
August 09, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Enough Said

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/20/13
performer
Toni Collette, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
director
Nicole Holofcener
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

In Enough Said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a masseuse named Eve who could use a spa treatment herself. A divorced single mom, she’s dreading the day her daughter leaves for college. No sooner does she meet Marianne (Catherine Keener), a divorcée who’s strong and independent and fabulous, than she unknowingly falls for Marianne’s much-reviled ex-husband, played by James Gandolfini in his first romantic comedy (and one of his final roles before his tragic death in June at age 51). Louis-Dreyfus leaped at the chance to perform opposite the Sopranos star. As director Nicole Holofcener remembers, ”When I brought up the idea of Jim, Julia was like, ‘Hell, yeah! He’s sexy.”’

It’s no surprise that the actors approached their roles completely differently. ”James was much more cerebral about scenes and would really want to talk more about where his character was,” says Holofcener, while Louis-Dreyfus had a more intuitive take on the humor. The director recalls one moment on set when she and Louis-Dreyfus simply couldn’t control their laughter. ”We’re doubled over, and Jim is standing there like, ‘Oh my God. I think I signed up to be in a chick flick.”’

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