TIFF 2013: Enough Said is a Fine, Funny Farewell for Gandolfini


A good laugh is hard to find these days.

I’ve been watching a lot of comedies at this year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, and I must tell you that the batting record is pretty lousy thus far.

Not that there haven't been plenty of swings at the plate: Don Jon, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Words and Pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; You Are Here, starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler; Life of Crime, starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston.

They were all "Hmmmm, that's sort of humorous,",] as opposed to "Ha-Ha, that's pretty funny." And two hours can crawl by pretty slowly when you're watching a comedy that's simply not funny.

The late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in Enough Said.
  • The late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in Enough Said.

Which is why I am very happy to report that a fine little movie called Enough Said was not only very funny, but serves as a lovely remembrance of the late James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini co-stars with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Enough Said. They’re both divorcees who each got the shaft in their dissolved marriages. They’re an unlikely pair, and the movie doesn’t pull any punches in portraying Gandolfini as “not exactly the leading-actor type.” Instead, he’s funny, smart and caring. And that’s why it’s so believable that Louis-Dreyfus would fall for him. It’s also a role that audiences would probably never picture Gandolfini portraying. Yet, he’s perfect.

Which is why it’s a bit heartbreaking to watch this wonderful comedy about second (and third and fourth) chances.

“It was just a dream. He’s one of the great American actors. I think that’s not an exaggeration to say in any way,” said Louis-Dreyfus at a post-screening press conference. “It was a very exciting journey to take with him and I’ll never forget him.”