: Perhaps less improbably than Terrence Malick but surprising nonetheless, the time elapsed between new Nicole Holofcener movies has actually managed to shrink a bit in recent years: the five-year gaps between her first few movies have fallen to four between Friends with Money
and Please Give
, and now a mere three between the latter and Enough Said
—even as the prospect of a lady-made, lady-starring indie movie about relationships seems more likely than ever to barely scrape together financing before hitting a handful of theaters on its way to (or well after its) VOD release. Maybe Holofcener has found a groove, because if anything, I'd say her work is getting better: more focused, funnier, and smartly paced. Enough Said
isn't quite as biting as Please Give
, but it turns a sitcom-y premise—Julia Louis-Dreyfus realizes she's dating the guy (James Gandolfini) her new friend Catherine Keener has been badmouthing for weeks—into something reflective and unhurried. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that lingered so effectively on the parent side during the tearful departure of a college-aged kid—or frankly, a middle-aged sorta-romantic comedy that wasn't just about older people getting their grooves back or whatever. Enough Said
also functions as a lovely tribute to Gandolfini, who gets to be sweeter and more sensitive than many of his character-actor parts allowed as the clumsy but well-intentioned new/old boyfriend.