By Jojo Sanders
Deep into her middle age, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seinfeld ) just wants to find love. The one lasting relationship her previous marriage produced was a daughter, Ellen, the love and joy of Eva. But with Ellen irresolutely headed to college, Eva must face the elephant in the room of the unavoidable loneliness she will find living in Ellen’s room as soon as the first first period begins of college.
On the other side of town (in this case, LA) there is a man, Albert, (James Gandolfini, who unfortunately died before the release of the movie) in the same situation. Despicable, infuriating ex-wife, baby bird daughter more than ready to leave her nest.
You can probably guess this, because as a 21st century person, you have presumably seen 2-47 romantic comedies, but I’ll tell you anyway. Eva and Albert meet, and hit it off. And at the same time Eva, a masseuse, gains a new client. Not unusually, this new client Marrianne, likes to complain about her dreaded ex-husband. Nothing strange, right? Well, almost. Just one tiny problem: Albert is Marianne’s ex-husband. The inevitable happens (everyone realizes who is who), yet with some twists and turns, long-lasting love prevails.
This might sound like a typical romantic comedy, but it is more. By setting the characters in their middle age, the movie is more real, and more relateable, not just to the middle-aged but to their children, parents, and massage therapists. The imperfections of characters, houses and lives are as seen in real life, and therefore it feels as if the viewer is living the life of whichever character seems the most like them.
So if you want to live the life of a 38-year-old woman looking for Mr. Right in LA, settle in for an hour-and-a-half-long movie (another strength of the movie: the length. Not too long. Not too many twists and turns) and let yourself be carried along with these endearing characters (but not too fast because once you’re a certain age, you aren’t as fast as you once were). Nobody is perfect, and Enough Said doesn’t ignore that, which is perfect.