I am fully aware of how excruciating midlife dating can be. It's like being a teenager all over again, with extra baggage. Having met Mr That's Not My Age in my late thirties, we started dating a few months after my fortieth birthday - and that's all I'm saying. So. Though I'm not usually a fan of rom-coms, I really liked Enough Said. It's a lovely film with a great dialogue and an even better cast. Like Late Quartet and Le Weekend there's an honesty about relationships and ageing, but here there are laugh out loud moments too. And some of my favourite actors: Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and of course, the late James Gandolfini.
And Tavi Gevinson as Eva's daughter's best friend. She can act. Who knew?
It's sad to think that this is Gandolfini's last leading role, and that definitely adds another layer of poignancy to the film. I really sobbed at the end when the credits rolled and a 'For Jim' dedication popped up.
My quote of the week is from Eva (Louis-Dreyfuss) who on a first date with Albert (Gandolfini playing a big teddy bear of a man) admits:
'Our middle-agedness is kind of comforting and sexy to me.'
I'm finding films about midlife relationships are kind of comforting to me.