Enough Said, the latest film by writer-director Nicole Holofcener, is comfortably situated within the world of white, slightly insulated southern Californians—a world that Holofcener presents with an ambiguity that can sometimes feel maddening. While it could be argued that she is frequently satirizing her characters’ often staggering sense of privilege (one of them appears to expend most of her mental energy fussing over the arrangement of her living room furniture and complaining about her housekeeper), Holofcener's satirical edge is often so soft that can’t tell whether it's there at all. That edge is also dulled significantly by Holofcener’s reliance on the kind of cheerfully banal incidental music that sometimes makes you feel like you’re watching a Sears commercial.
It’s also worth seeing if only for the pleasures of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an actress whose impeccable ear for comedy, already well-known to those familiar with her television work, is on full display here. She and Gandolfini, whose Albert is quieter and more guarded than her easily-rattled Eva, make an idiosyncratic romantic pairing unlike few we usually see in Hollywood comedies of this sort. Even physically, they’re opposites; his large frame frequently dwarfs hers. Yet the formidable talents of these actors are perfectly matched, and they both slide effortlessly along with Holofcener’s screenplay from comedy to drama and back again. The naturalism of these performances, combined with Holofcener’s willingness to be honest about the fears and vulnerabilities of her characters (those who aren’t too busy wringing their hands over the furniture, that is), is enough to make us forgive this film its shortcomings.