Middle aged love can come with a lot of baggage. Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) meet at a swish Hollywood type party and are quick to establish they’re both not attracted to anyone, but then he asks a mutual friend for her number and they go on a super cute (“Did they make the music louder?” “No, you just got older”), albeit slightly awkward date. After dinner they head to Pinkberry (how every date should finish IMO) and at the end of the night, Albert goes for a pash, only for Eva to decline and tell him she’s “not sure” (ugh, just KISS HIM).
Eva shows up for a date at Albert’s and not only is he in trackies and a tee (oh how I can relate), he’s clearly not wearing underwear, as she gets a sneak peek of the goods (“I can see your penis” “What do you think?”). Sure, Albert might be “kind of fat” with a “big belly”, but he has a great heart and ultimately makes Eva quite happy.
So this all sounds fairly good right? Yeah, except for the fact that at the same party she met Albert, Eva also met Marianne (Catherine Keener) – Albert’s ex-wife, who she starts massaging and forms a relatively close friendship with. The penny drops sooner rather than later and Eva realises the connection, but decides to keep it to herself and play along, allowing herself to subconsciously be influenced by Marianne’s not so glowing opinion of her former partner. This tangled web was just waiting to get torn apart and we can all see where it’s going. It’s pretty awful when everything comes to a head, Albert’s heart gets broken and it’s around that time where Eva realises how good things actually were with him. Onya, mate.
James Gandolfini is the absolute sweetest and I was sad for every minute he was on screen. Albert is a far cry from Tony Soprano, who I think most of us are used to James as, and it is so lovely to see him as a kind, vulnerable and self-deprecating sweetheart. One of the last movies he ever made, Enough Said is dedicated ‘to Jim’ and yep, I’m crying again. The end of Enough Said is just as lovely as the rest of the film. No spoiler alerts here, but it’s full of hope and that’s the ultimate, right?
Chloe Sesta Jacobs is a people and culture geek who loves writing about film and usually does so with her two miniature sausage dogs lying all over her. Chloe really enjoys world cinema and has been heard to say “if it doesn’t have subtitles, don’t talk to me”. She also tweets a LOT at @csestajacobs.