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Slim (Jennifer Lopez) is a waitress whose life is transformed when she marries wealthy contractor Mitch (Billy Campbell) in a whirlwind romance. After the birth of her baby daughter Gracie (Tessa Allen), Slim’s perfect suburban family life disintegrates when her bed hopping husband gets violent. She takes her baby into hiding, but Mitch, with help from crooked cops among others, continues to stalk her. She realises she has no way out but to prepare herself for the inevitable confrontation with a course of high impact self defence.

Review by Louise Keller:
The film may suffer from script malaise, but there’s plenty enough to keep you intrigued on the DVD with a handful of well put-together features that give a deeper appreciation of the filmmakers’ intentions. Although the navigation is somewhat confusing with only a shadow in the shape of an arrow, to direct you to half of the special features. Easy to miss.

Enough is a melodramatic thriller that is a cross between Sleeping with the Enemy and Girlfight. It starts as a fairytale – struggling waitress meets handsome rich guy, taking less than 15 minutes of screen time for them to meet, court, marry, have a baby and create a perfect life together in their beautiful home. That’s where the fairytale ends and the problematic script begins. It’s a shame, because the filmmakers’ credentials are impressive with a script by the Academy Award nominated writer of Reversal of Fortune, direction by respected Michael Apted and starring the talented Jennifer Lopez who dazzled in Out of Sight and The Wedding Planner. 

Basically the plot is so incredible that we never believe any of it for a moment. Mitch goes from Prince Charming to a deranged psycho with such speed that it doesn’t make sense. Why did he marry Slim? Why won’t he let her go? Doesn’t he do anything with his time except watch her and make shady arrangements with all his deranged contacts and associates? The storyline is split into sections, each of which is named with inane titles such as ‘You Can Run’, ‘New Leaf’ and ‘Take Care’. Say no more. But how can we go along with the long lost father sideplot, the bundles of money that come conveniently by Fedex and money, wigs and cars suitably waiting to be collected. As for the scenes where Lopez gets stuck into Krav Maga, which is considered to be one of the world’s most effective and deadly martial arts, they are good entertainment with J.Lo looking fit and fabulous. The climactic fight scenes between Slim and Mitch are sheer theatrical choreography, with Lopez sleek and glamorous in a scoop necked black slinky number. Lopez is a terrific talent and does a commendable job of making Slim into a sympathetic character. 

The featurettes offer an in depth look at everyone involved in the project, including a segment that explains what Krav Maga (Hebrew for contact combat) actually is. Created for the Israeli military, it is a reality based training system, teaching people to use their own natural instincts. There are a few deleted scenes (with optional commentary) which have limited interest, and there’s a music video to wile away the time. But it’s the commentaries that are of most interest. I especially enjoyed that with Michael Apted and writer Nicholas Kazan, who discuss how the project originated, what was the appeal and some interesting insights into the making of the film. It was the strong social issues that attracted Apted to the project, although he is quick to add that this is not the answer for an abusive relationship or a rocky marriage. Kazan raises the point that it is often impossible to know who someone really is, and it is that which is his key interest. The second commentary between producers Irwin Winkler and Rob Cowan is interesting too, albeit somewhat repetitive in parts.

Published May 29, 2003

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(US) - 2002

CAST: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis

DIRECTOR: Michael Apted

RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen (2.40:1/16:9 Enhanced); Language/Audio options: English (5.1) Hungarian (5.1)Russian (5.1)

SPECIAL FEATURES: SPECIAL FEATURES: Original Widescreen presentation, Audio commentary by director Michael Apted and writer Nicholas Kazan, Audio commentary by producers Irwin Winkler and Rob Cowan, Never-before-seen deleted scenes with optional director commentary, Behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews, ‘ Enough Is Enough’, ‘A Clear Message’ and Krav Maga: Contact Combat’ – 3 additional behind-the-scenes featurettes, ‘Alive’ music video performed by Jennifer Lopez, Original movie trailers, Bonus movie trailers, Talent profiles,

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Col TriStar Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 28, 200

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