“ENOUGH SAID” My rating: B+ (Now showing at the Tivoil)
93 minutes |MPAA rating: PG-13
Romance movies are supposed to leave viewers feeling that, like the characters on screen, we have just fallen in love.
This is easier when your characters are young, beautiful, and oozing sex appeal.
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener takes a more difficult – but in many ways more rewarding – approach in “Enough Said,” a middle-aged romantic comedy that is unrelentingly wise, witty and, well, wonderful.
We should expect as much. Holofcener (“Walking & Talking,” “Lovely & Amazing,” “Friends with Money,” “Please Give”) specializes in modestly-budgeted, superbly-acted seriocomedies usually set in the world of Los Angeles thirty- and fortysomethings.
Many if not most of her characters are on their second marriages or between relationships. They are basically decent, intermittently foolish individuals. You end up wishing they were your friends.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Eva, a divorced single mom and professional masseuse. In several brief, sharply limned scenes, we follow Eva through a day’s work, lugging her massage table (which gets heavier with every passing year) in and out of the homes of people rich enough to pay for her services.
In addition to providing a massage, Eva finds herself in the role of reluctant psychotherapist – why won’t these people just shut up, relax, and let Eva’s hands do what they do best?
In the company of her best friend, the psychiatrist Sarah (Toni Collette, playing the shrink as engagingly neurotic), Eva attends a swanky party where she meets two people who will become important to her.