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Enough Said

Inside dirt puts a strain on a budding romance.

Directed by Nicole Holofcener(PG-13)

****

“Line for line, scene for scene,” Enough Said is “one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. The story of a middle-aged romance tested by one participant’s lack of self-assurance, it’s both very funny and sneakily profound. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener “has struck a buried nerve,” exposing anxieties common to all of us who’re navigating life without clear ethical rules. The always amusing Julia Louis-Dreyfus “reveals an unexpected vulnerability” as a divorcée and single parent who warms to a sweet, schlubby new guy only to sabotage her chance at love when she starts listening to a caustic friend’s doubts about his worthiness, said Mary Pols in Time. But the fact that the guy is played by the great James Gandolfini —who died this summer at 51—makes the scenario feel particularly poignant. It takes “way too long” for Louis-Dreyfus’s Eva to figure out the sitcom-level contrivance that drives the plot, said Andrew O’Hehir in Salon.com. Still, “Enough Said is irresistible, and demands a second (and third) viewing right away.”

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