Just try watching the two-and-a-half-minute trailer for Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming comedy of errors, Enough Said, without reflecting on the recent loss of James Gandolfini. It can’t be done. The sorrow over losing such a towering, talented actor so unexpectedly still feels too fresh.
On the positive side, it may be comforting to see that this sneak peek at Holofcener’s film—about a masseuse (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) who begins to fall for a guy (Gandolfini) who turns out to be the ex-husband of one of her clients (Holofcener regular Catherine Keener)—suggests that Enough Said will be a smart, brisk rom-com that shows off Gandolfini’s warmer side.
The trail of the tape
Title: Enough Said
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener
Release date: September 20, 2013
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Why do I feel like I just spent the evening with my ex-wife?”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Gandolfini’s performance will understandably dominate much of the media attention around this release. (Animal Rescue, the film featuring his final performance, is due out next year.) But let’s not forget to give it up for the Veep, Louis-Dreyfuss, who rarely gets to showcase her comedic skills to this degree in a feature film. There’s something intriguing about pairing her flustered luminosity with Gandolfini’s commanding teddy bear-ishness. Perhaps when two HBO stars collide, sparks—not to mention arguments about guacamole and calorie-counting—are inevitable.
Enough Said will debut at next month’s Toronto Film Festival, at which time the analysis of its award-season potential and additional reflection about Gandolfini’s absence will officially begin.