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First off...why does the fact that this movie deals with spousal abuse and a
woman smart enough to run and hide automatically make it a ripoff of
"Sleeping with the Enemy"? Because "The Count of Monte Cristo" has
swordplay, does that make it a ripoff of all of the Zorro movies, or the
Robin Hood movies? Does the fact that Spiderman is a Marvel Superhero make
it a ripoff of "The X-Men"? Of course not. And only the very basic
storylines make "Enough" and "Sleeping..." similar at all. Let me
In "Sleeping with the Enemy", Julia Roberts plays a weak willed woman who stays with her mentally abusive husband until she finally has enough and leaves when she gets the chance to fake her death. Julia never changes...always the weak willed, scared out of her gourd hiding wife.
In "Enough", Jennifer Lopez plays a strong minded woman who decides to leave her abusive husband as soon as she finds out what he is really like. Jennifer never changes either...but in this case she maintains her strength, and although scared out of her gourd also, she sets out to confront him in a physical battle...his forte usually.
This movie was great entertainment. Anyone who says they felt this was a total yawner, with no tension at all is too critical. This is what entertainment is about. This was a great way to spend 2 hours as far as I am concerned.
Ms Lopez is becoming a better actress with each film. But, as far as the female actresses go in this flick...the little girl who portrayed Jennifer's daughter out-acted everyone else...male or female. Two thumbs UP for this little lady!!
What's everybody's problem? This movie realistically portrayed domestic
abuse and had a great plot, acting, everything. The end scene is the best,
in my opinion. maybe it is just a chick flick, but it does a good job of
drawing you in and keeping you there, my emotions ran high.
Maybe people should stop looking at movies so critically and look at them for what they are - a way to gain understanding of other people's lives and issues like domestic violence, which is society's problem, not just the victim's.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I won't bother making jokes about this film's title, as it seems others have beaten me to that punch. Jennifer Lopez and her celebrated butt go on the run, trying to protect her little potato-dumpling-faced daughter from rich, violent, powerful Billy Campbell and his weaselly servant. If you think this sounds like a simplistic scenario, well, tough, because that's all ya get.
This `story' plods on from one `thrilling' episode to another, and the `conflict' is ultimately resolved in a way not exactly notable for its complexity: J. Lo takes kickboxing lessons from some kind of cross between Pat Morita, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Obi-Wan Kenobi; then she just breaks into Billy's house, kicks his ass and kills him! The end! To say this finale is morally ambiguous and simplistic is being very, very kind; but then again so is referring to this thing a film, and I've already done that, so who cares.
The style could accurately be described as soft-core-porn-without-the-sex, and someone should tell Michael Apted that nobody's interested in that. As for the cast, J. is her usual blank self, Billy Campbell sleepwalks through his cartoon-villain role, Potato Face is among the more irritating movie children in recent memory, Juliette Lewis continues her career degeneration, and man, does Fred Ward look old.
Final verdict: good for some laughs, but not many. 1 out of 10. Okay, I will indulge in one joke about the title: they should have dropped the e-n-o and just called it Ugh.
My approach to most movies is a bit different. As a therapist, I try to see how true the movie's life situations and story lines are. "Enough" set the stage in the first 10 minutes. The process of the abuse follows very well how it goes in reality ... the denial ... the male determination to be in charge ... not wanting to go to a shelter ... not wanting to put her husband in jail ... the dad fooling the child into beliving what a good guy he really is ... the attitude of the male "what are you going to do about it"... the getting up the courage to run away ... the police telling her of the complexities ... the lawyer telling her that there is nothing he can do (legally)... the child witnessing or geting involved in the violence ... and so on. Over 70% of all murders of the woman by the husband occurs AFTER she goes to the authorities. NOW ... the ending is NOT realistic. But rather it is the ending that most wish would happen. I see these situations regularly. Domestic violence is (with rare exception) against the woman.
I appreciate a good "bad movie". If a movie is bad enough, it can be
fun to watch. This movie, however, is SO bad that you can't even enjoy
it's awfulness. I mean seriously. I'm *very* patient for bad movies, in
many cases i love them, but this may very well be the absolute worst
movie I've ever seen, and not just because of the terrible supporting
In all sincerity, pornography typically has better writing and directing than this, and the plot makes more sense. The real paradox about this film; despite being disorganized and random, it somehow manages to be totally predictable.
For those who haven't seen it, the basic plot is that a WONDERFUL guy marries j-lo and gives her everything she wants. 5 years into the marriage, his pager goes off, and she looks at the number instantly comes to the conclusion that he's cheating on her. She decides to leave in the middle of the night while he's asleep in the room, rather than during the hours and hours he's away during the daytime. So he decides to kick j-lo in the face a bunch of times, which doesn't leave a scratch on her. The rest of the movie is basically him pursuing her.
So she runs away, and he chases after her, trying VERY visibly and publicly to kill her. By "publicly" i mean doing things like... knocking down total strangers to run up to a bus she's on, then pounding on the side of the bus while screaming something to the effect of "I AM GOING TO KILL YOU AS SOON AS I CATCH YOU BITCH"... or kicking in hotel room doors... or sending goons to vandalize the place she's living at, who delight us by delivering gripping and thrilling lines like "Hey Bitch, do you know what it feels like to die because you are so stupid?". In fact, i think the word "bitch" occurs once for every 3 spoken lines.
The characters fail to achieve even a meager 2 dimensions; even cartoon villains are more conflicted than these characters. The "bad guys" (i.e. men) are 100% evil and unremorseful, and the "good guys" (i.e. girls) are perfect and pure in their motivations.
If you enjoyed this movie, be sure to also catch Troll 2 and Panic Room and Road Rage. I enjoy terrible movies, but this was just above and beyond terrible.
...who have had ENOUGH of turning the other cheek! I'm sure there are many abuse survivors out there who could identify with what she went through and wished they'd had the strength to follow in her footsteps. Kudos to someone's imagination of "what if I could fight back?"!
I love this movie, for a variety of reasons... Jennifer for a start gives
a green light in my book, and yes, while its is reminiscent of Sleeping
the Enemy, I find Slim much stronger than Julias character in that
Michael APted is a brilliant director, and Juliette Lewis makes up the
of a great cast. I was shocked when it went strauight to DVD in the UK, i
saw a pirate copy from a friend who wokrs at Columbia, and I loved it ,
raved about it for weeks...
It keeps me on the edge of my seat , and everytime I watch it, that first time Mitch hits Slim still makes me gasp. I whole heartedly recommend this film top anyone...
Made in the same vein as 'Sleeping with the Enemy' Enough actually
manages to entertain and be its own film quite easily. Slim (Jennifer
Lopez) thought she was entering domestic bliss when she married Mitch
(Billy Campbell), but after the birth of their first child; Mitch
reveals his darker side and Slim goes on the run with their daughter.
Now hunted by her spouse, she finally has enough, and engages Mitch in a battle of wits and physical ability.
'Enough' is good entertainment and despite some minor flaws it has plenty of action, thrills and tension.
OK it's nowhere near the best thriller around, but its worth a look 6/10
Everyone is entitled to their own opnion but when it comes to this movie, it couldnt of been done any better, the cast speaks for itself along with the message. The movie isnt about fame and fourtune or how big J.lo's butt is. Jennifer Lopez portrayed Slim very well and i recomend this Girl Power movie to anyone who enjoys inner power flims.
This movie reminded me of Sleeping with the Enemy, with Jennifer Lopez
playing a physically abused by her husband lady who first runs away and then
fights back. Lopez does a credible job in her role, and the movie was pretty
good. I loved her martial arts training scenes. You might like this movie if
given the chance.
** 1/2 out of ****
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