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Enough

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Movie propaganda

Everyone has a limit.

Touching on the theme of female empowerment, Enough traces the story of working class waitress Slim (Jennifer Lopez), whose life is transformed when she marries wealthy contractor Mitch (Billy Campbell). After becoming the perfect upper middle class suburban family with the birth of baby Gracie, Slim discovers that her husband is anything but perfect.

Fleeing her violent spouse to save her life, she and her daughter take refuge in an unknown locale, where she soon realises they are being watched. Fearing for Gracie's well-being as well as her own, slim readies herself with a training regime, confronts Mitch and ultimately must fight for her life.

Persons of interest

  • Jennifer Lopez .... Slim
  • Billy Campbell .... Mitch
  • Tessa Allen .... Gracie
  • Juliette Lewis .... Ginny
  • Dan Futterman .... Joe
  • Noah Wyle .... Robbie Hero
  • Fred Ward .... Jupiter
  • Bill Cobbs .... Jim Toller
  • Chris Maher .... Phil
  • Ruben Madera .... Teddy
  • Nicholas Kazan .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Apted .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Girl power.

It has long been the case in Hollywood that when the system lets you down, you are free to take circumstances into your own hands. Mostly this means guys with guns killing other guys with guns. Enough is, however, a chick flick so it's a girl turning herself into a deadly weapon (guns being the ultimate phallus and all). The story plays out well, such that it's almost believable that a woman of the new millennium would be stupid enough to stay in a relationship that involves being bashed and treated like dirt. That's a big ask because I have absolutely no sympathy for someone in that position: I simply can't understand how they could let that happen to themselves. [It should be noted that craig is a big, boofy bloke with plenty of brains, brawn and bread - Director of Intelligence]

Meanwhile, on the acting front, J-Lo is pretty intense and doesn't once burst into song, at least not until after the end credits have started rolling. Juliette Lewis is still Juliette Lewis but is much less so than in anything else you've seen her in. Tessa Allen steals absolutely every scene she's in with a range from blissful innocence to sulky silence. Billy Campbell is cute with a dangerous edge (you can smell the testosterone from here), just the type to win a girl's heart then break it.

As a thriller, Enough is reasonably thrilling - there's lots of running away, hiding and changing identities - but you always have the idea that Slim is going to win: why else would Hollywood make the picture? Still, watching Slim beard the lion in his den is pretty tight. Watching the lion get his just desserts is even more fun.

Real life: as Ginny says, women have been letting men get away with murder and, even worse, allowing them to breed. Nurture goes a long way to controlling nature but it requires being surrounded by love, not violence. Keep the bastards sterile.

Meanwhile, if you know anyone who is an abusive relationship, here is the only advice they need: get out.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English, Hungarian, Russian
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.40:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Talent profiles
    • Commentaries:
      • Michael Apted, Nicholas Kazan
      • Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan (Producers)
    • Deleted scenes: optional commentary by Michael Apted
    • Documentaries: Behind-the-scenes
    • DVD-ROM:
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    • Featurettes:
      • A clear message
      • Enough is enough
      • Krav Maga: contact combat
    • Music video: Alive by Jennifer Lopez
    • Picture disc
    • Trailers: Theatrical, bonus
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English captions, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 17 October 2002
DVD rental: 28 May 2003
VHS rental: 28 May 2003
DVD retail: 28 May 2003

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