I rarely rent movies. Mainly because I have enough DVDs and TV on DVD to keep me occupied for a few years, and I don't have enough time anymore to actually sit down and watch a movie. Pretty soon I probably won't have the attention span to watch and finish said movie. But there are a few this past year that have flown into my radar.
There's of course the Oscar nominees for this year, like "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her" and "Philomena." And when choosing a movie Ross and I could watch together last Saturday, I probably should've opted for one of those. But I really wanted to see James Gandolfini's last flick "Enough Said." It started when I placed a story about upcoming movies or something to that effect from the Associated Press into the Saturday C section. I read the description about it - divorced woman meets this guy at a party, wasn't too taken with him at first, but they start dating. I'm usually up for a good romantic comedy and besides Gandolfini, there was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener. I've enjoyed other things they've been in, so what could go wrong?
Now I liked the movie enough, albeit a little bit predictable at times. And it seemed more for women than guys, so Ross was looking at the Internet on his phone. Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a neurotic massage therapist, and Gandolfini is Albert, who works as a historian for a television archives museum (I think that would be the coolest job ever!). The two meet up at a benefit party. She announces there's no attractive men there, and he says there's no one here he'd want to date. Both Albert and Eva have teen daughters that are about to go off to college. Eva then runs into Marianne at the same party. Marianne is a poet, but Eva admits she's not all that into poetry.
The two women become friends, and Eva earns a new client.
Even though she wasn't too much into Albert's husky physique, Eva goes out on a date with him. Sparks do fly. Albert's admittedly a slob, but he's charming and sweet. Gandolfini comes off as a bit of a teddy bear, and he had a good sense of humor - that's something I look for in a guy. As she continues to see Marianne as a client, and Marianne's talking bad about her ex-husband, Eva soon realizes that Marianne is referring to Albert. He's messy, he's fat, he eats guacamole in a strange way. But Eva never tells either Albert or Marianne what she's deduced. And of course, things get hairy.
There's a bit of a subplot with Eva's friend Sarah, played by Collette, and her husband, Will and how they have an issue with their cleaning lady. It's kind of lame, though. Now I enjoyed Catherine Keener in other movies, like "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" and even "Please Give," but her character was not terribly likable. Louis-Dreyfus did have her "Elaine" moments, but I found Eva relatable. As far as movies go, I may see this again, probably by myself (kind of like I did with "Valentine's Day" and "The Oranges"). The movie was a little short, just a shade over an hour and a half, so I was able to sit and watch it all the way through without being bored.