Drinking two glasses of wine on an empty stomach at a work function and then haphazardly flirting is rarely considered wise. Nonetheless, it’s something I’ve done at three of the four events I’ve attended this week. That I haven’t yet been slapped by someone or cautioned by my boss isn’t one of the benefits of the company I work for. It’s the benefit of the company I keep. If you’re in your twenties, single and have time to kill, it’s highly likely that in the past few months you’ve probably wasted some of those minutes on the app Tinder.
Tinder is basically what Mark Zuckerberg invented when he was drunk about thirty minutes into The Social Network. And if you haven’t seen David Fincher’s film; it’s the bar game “Hot or Not?” with occasional consequences. There’s no investment required, only superficial judgements of the men or women within a user-defined distance and if you’re lucky, some reciprocal validation.
If Tinder is new-school romance, Enough Said will leave you nostalgic for doing things the old-fashioned way.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Eva and James Gandolfini’s Albert have both been divorced some years and are to observers nominally happy. But with the imminent departure of their college-bound offspring, they start looking for other people to fill the approaching void. A chance meeting at a party leads to a date, which leads to another date and a touchingly authentic intimacy develops. Enough Said then meanders very enjoyably for another hour through the unnecessary complications which develop when a couple allow external influences to dictate their relationship.
In director Nicole Holofcener’s fifth film, Louis-Dreyfus and the late Gandolfini headline a cast whose performances could warrant Oscar nominations. Never diverting attention unnecessarily, the sub-plots all flow gently and coherently and react with the main plot unexpectedly – like a well-planned birthday surprise. Eva’s best friend Sarah (Toni Collete) and Rookie Magazine Editor Tavi Gevinson’s Chloe are particular highlights; but Jeanne McCarthy’s casting is superb throughout, with no weak links whatsoever.
Holofcener’s script never tries too hard to dissect the intricacies of the cast’s relationships, but instead allows actors on top form to lead you into enjoyably relatable moments. Enough Said is a simple story with an even simpler structure: a group of talented actors making each other laugh, and making us laugh with them.
Enough Said will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on the 18th October