Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. PG. 93 min. Opens Sept. 27.
The death of James Gandolfini inevitably casts a pall over this otherwise light-hearted and characteristically deft dramedy by the perennially underrated writer-director Nicole Holofcener. In one of his final performances, the former Tony Soprano displays a more affable side as the love interest of Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), an L.A. masseuse whose feelings for her bearish beau are complicated by the complaints she’s been hearing from a new friend—who happens to be his ex. Eva is only one of several characters here struggling with midlife romantic complications and the effects of empty-nest syndrome on divorced parents who live for their kids. And though the general anxiety level doesn’t run quite as high in Enough Said as it did in Holofcener’s brilliant 2010 effort, Please Give, there’s still a fine balance of the acerbic humour and messy emotional vulnerability that make her films and her characters so easy to love.