A divorced masseuse (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) starts a relationship with a divorced man (James Gandolfini) only to discover one of her clients, a poet (Catherine Keener), is the ex-wife of the man she's seeing: queue prying information out of her, Woman Style. Despite the pedestrian plot structure, Holofcener's characters feel genuine: the first date with Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini is entrancing, and the interactions between the adults and their daughters rings true (Tavi Gevinson, in particular, is a delight as Louis-Dreyfus' daughter's friend, who is 'staying behind' as her real daughter is moving away - neat segue into acting from blogging, young lady). The third act neatly tears everything down - Gandolfini's admission that Louis-Dreyfus broke his heart actually stings - only to re-assemble the pieces in a move out of Screenwriting 101. As Louis-Dreyfus' character admits, she is kind of a wreck ... but she does mean well.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Year Released: 2013