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Movie tip: "Enough Said"

Published October 10. 2013 4:00AM

The bare bones of the plot seems straight out of "Old Christine": woman discovers her new bestie is her boyfriend's ex - and she crazily decides not to tell either of them but instead to pump the pal for exactly what she found wrong with her former husband. And "Enough Said" even has "Christine's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus as its heroine. But this film aims for warm authenticity, not rollicking farce. What develops between Louis-Dreyfus' character and James Gandolfini's is that rarity in modern film: a middle-aged relationship in all its complexities and realities. She's a masseuse; he works as a TV archivist. They're both divorced and have teen daughters about to head off to college. When they start dating, they're tentative and then deal with compromising and overlooking each other's imperfections. The fact that this is one of the great Gandolfini's last performances adds poignancy to the proceedings. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener does an admirable job of setting up what feels like a believable romance, but the reason that "Enough Said" works rests with the singular talents and comfortable rapport of Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

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