Staring James Gandolfini off of The Sopranos as Albert
Julia Louis-Dreyfus off of Seinfeld as Eva
Enough Said is essentially a love story to make the hoards of baby boomers, now finding themselves divorced, alone and single, but still with the responsibility of having dependent children, feel like there is hope. In their new dating world Albert and Eva go through the crushing discomfort of their first date that progresses to plain awkwardness and then, happily, to the thrill of new intimacy. The dramatic irony we are then party to causes us to beg Eva to behave like the grown-up she actually is instead of the fool she appears to be and just be honest with Albert.
I will not be a plot spoiler. I do recommend you go and watch it.
What I particularly liked about this film is the way Gandolfini, a larger man, was cast in a romantic role as opposed to the typically handsome Brad Pitt, Hugh Grant or Colin Firth type. Hollywood rarely makes the fat man the one who gets the girl.
I know that there are a zillion perfect 10 actresses out there but we also have our fair share of curvaceous women who have rallied the cause for girls bigger than a size 10. Miranda Hart, Oprah Whitney, Queen Latifah and Dawn French to name a few. We see such women being happy and successful and loved. They have the 'Love me for who I am" vibe going on loud and strong and we love them for it.
In Hollywood land we don't see very many men who are not conventionally handsome and I found it really refreshing to see a larger man in a role that involved romance, sex and genuine care for the women in his life. In an experiment, in my own head, I changed the body types around to make the female role the 'larger' lady and the male role the trim, six pack firm bicep one and played out some scenes from that point of view. I doubt if the crack about the calorie counter book or the digs about how much dip was consumed would have been received with anything but aggression and plate smashing.
As I said both characters have children who get on airplanes and fly to distant colleges, to be educated and make their own way in the world. I REALLY cried at that part.