Another Side of James Gandolfini

"Tony Soprano" and "romantic comedy" don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence. Yet James Gandolfini — the “Sopranos” star who died in June, suddenly and too soon — appears to have been perfectly cast as the romantic lead in “Enough Said,” which opens on September 20. He plays Albert, a big and imposing regular guy who’s also charming and comfortable in his skin, much like Gandolfini himself.

The high concept: Albert and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) begin to fall for each other, until Eva’s new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener) complains bitterly and relentlessly about her ex … who turns out to be Albert. That might sound like the setup for a paint-by-numbers rom-com, but “Enough Said” has something else going for it: Nicole Holofcener, the writer/director of the smart indie hit “Lovely & Amazing.” Sad to think this is Gandolfini’s second-to-last movie (the last one, a crime drama called “Animal Rescue,” will be out next year). Luckily, it promises to be a good one. — John Birmingham


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