The plot swivels on the concept that, if ex-wives and -husbands could speak to the next in line, that confiding might avert many a mistake in a relationship -- or second or third marriage. Just one little conversation, or two or three, could provide the information needed by the latest lovers to ward off potential hazards. This, if you detest picking socks off the floor, you would be forewarned that Potential Husband Number 2 is a sock-dropper. Only, of course, life is not that simple.
In "Enough Said," Eva is a masseuse, lugging her table from client to client. She tolerates their bad breath and oral diarrhea in her professional life; in her personal life, Eva dreads the day her daughter goes off to college. Albert is a director in a museum of television, a job he loves; in his personal life, he dreads the day his daughter goes off to college. Both are divorced, and both wary but longing. They meet at a party, to which Eva has gone a tad reluctantly, with her best friend, a therapist. At the party is also Sarah, a poet, who becomes a new client of Eva's.
Eva goes on a date with tubby Albert. They bond over their hatred of loud music in restaurants and over the up-coming, parallel losses of their daughters to higher education. Eva connects, too, with Sarah, who, also divorced, talks about her ex-husband in bitter tones -- kind of the way Albert talks about his ex-wife. Anyone who has watched rom-coms for a week knows where this is going, but because "Enough Said" was written by Nicole Holofcener, it's not jogging the path of sentimentality or predictability. The plot sashays down Reality Road, careering and caroming along like life with all its sweetness and humiliation and embarrassment.
Holofcener's script is handled so well the cast she directs, including one of her constants, Catherine Keener, as Sarah the, poet; Keener makes acting look easy. Toni Collette is fine as Eva's friend, and Ben Falcone does a good job as her beleaguered husband. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, so slappingly good in TV's "Veep," is excellent as Eva. James Gandolfini defines Albert nobly, and his acting is doubly poignant, for not only does he give Albert grace but the role was his last.
Holofcener, respecting silence and timing, directed "Enough Said" with the finesse of her other films, "Please Give" and "Friends with Money." "Enough Said" is one great big gift.