In honour of the Oscars this Sunday, I bring you not one but two Knitting Movie Moments this week! And boy, is this film rife with them!
Enough Said has everything you’d want in a good rom-com. It’s funny, sweet, smart and features an irresistible couple in the form of Julia Louis-Dreyfus (aka. Elaine from Seinfeld) and James Gandolfini, who plays so opposite to type you’ll have a hard time believing he once had a man decapitated as Tony Soprano.
Okay! Let’s talk storyline. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a single mom and James Gandolfini is a shy, overweight single dad. They meet at a party, hit it off, and start dating. At this same party, Julia Louis-Dreyfus meets a bohemian real-life poet played by Catherine Keener.
Catherine Keener has style and elegance and a beautiful house that’s the stuff of Pinterest wet dreams. She is a bona fide cool girl and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is awed by her. They become friends. But here the plot thickens! Julia Louise-Dreyfus discovers that Catherine Keener and James Gandolfini were once married. They are each other’s exes, but neither of them know that Julia knows. Complication ensues.
Where Does Knitting Appear?
This canary yellow garter stitch blanket makes two appearances. First in this hilarious scene where Julia Louis-Dreyfus waits for her daughter and her daughter’s friend (played by Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie!) to try on clothes at a trendy store…
Then in a pretty heartbreaking scene after she screws up badly with James Gandolfini. We also learn the story behind the blankie and Tavi Gevinson asks a question that’s right out of a knitting PSA. Tavi: “Is that hard?” Julia: “Not at all, you want to learn?”
The Knitting, What Does it Mean?
Let’s start analysing! This is kind of a tough one, so interpret with me!
Store scene: I think knitting is used as a comic prop to emphasise how middle-aged and “mommish” Julia Louis-Dreyfus is. Her daughter, Tavi Gevinson, and Tavi’s mom are looking pretty awesome and Julia’s in her granola hiking sandals knitting and feeling scandalised. She’s the stereotype of the Old Granny Knitter!
Sad Couch Scene: I don’t know about this one. Is it meant to show that Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn’t a follow-through kind of person? Is it meant to add cosiness to the scene? Is it meant to show how much Julia Louis-Dreyfus loves her daughter? All of the above?
The Big Question: Does Julia Louis-Dreyfus finish the blanket? Only I would consider this a spoiler. You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out!
Lastly, look at this headboard. If that’s not stockinette stitch then I’m a monkey’s uncle!
Did you watch Enough Said? If so, let me know whether you liked it! And let’s talk about the Meaning of Knitting in this film.