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Overall Rating
2.13

Awesome: 15.85%
Worth A Look: 3.66%
Average: 8.54%
Pretty Bad: 21.95%
Total Crap50%

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Enough
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by Erik Childress

"...And I'm All Out Of Bubblegum."
1 stars

If there’s finally any hard evidence that the aliens from They Live have indeed begun their conquest of our planet, one only needs to look as far as the first hour of Enough, which is populated with title card scene introductions written by the worst writer to ever apply for a job on Frasier. These words flash on the screen so subliminally that you barely have time to comprehend why they even exist in the first place, let alone read them. And just as they have you nestled into one of the most ineptly produced, insincere pieces of laughable trash posing as a statement of female empowerment, the title cards go away (about the same time that logic takes a hiatus) as if to say “we’ve got them now.” So put on your sunglasses folks, because the aliens are here and they’re coming after us.

(HEY) Guys, this is our punishment for Fatal Attraction. The attitude of R&B, J-to-the-L.O. plays a struggling waitress named Slim (no, I couldn’t make that up.) (HOW THEY MET) After nearly falling victim to a cruel bet by a handsome diner attendee with a book and a rose (Noah Wyle), she is rescued by Mitch (Billy Campbell). (TO HAVE AND TO HOLD) In the next scene they are married. (CONQUERING HER) He’s rich with all the trimmings, so rich that he can afford to walk up to a house and make the owner an offer even though they’re not selling in one of those scenes that only exist in movies. (See Barry Levinson’s Bugsy.)

(OUR HAPPY FAMILY) Years go by and they produce a daughter. Now, Mitch seems distant from Slim in the red alert kinda way that screams “AFFAIR!!!!” Slim catches him, confronts him and absolves him in the quickest forgiveness this side of confessional booths. When her suspicions continue to get the better of her, what’s a guy to do but to smack some sense into her. Literally. “What, I’m not allowed to hit you?” says Mitch. After composing herself, Slim replies “No, you’re not.” You see, she has feelings, she’s a sensitive woman, WHACK!!!! Down goes Slim to the 1-0. Where does this sudden hostility from Mitch come from? Did he get infected by the tequila worm from Poltergeist 2?

(MORE THAN ENOUGH) With the law hellbent on delaying any possible charges and embracing bail reparations, Slim avoids the cops and decides to just (GET OUT). Of course, in true prison fashion she decides to stage a late night escape, complete with her friends and surrogate father waiting outside in the Mystery Machine. Why not leave during the day? Postpone it until the next day when she can get her kid out of school without worrying about Mitch picking her up. I guess when enough is enough, you gots to go and I had certainly had my fill by this point. It’s too bad that Slim couldn’t have gone the extra mile and waded out of the house through the sewer pipes, but besides any obligatory ass joke I could come up with, the movie itself is already a 115-minute sewer pipe that stretches longer than the length of five football fields.

Up to this point, the preposterous level that this film reaches demands that laughter be used to relieve the stress that the aura of stupidity is placing on your brain cells. Billy Campbell is obviously portraying the most evil white male ever to appear on film, and I’m including Hitler on that list. He has mistresses on his mistresses (one leaves and he immediately calls a new one), has enough money to hire “FBI” and blackmail crooked cop friends into trailing his spouse cross country and even has a silencer on his home shotgun. Is there some stereotypical slant to Mitch’s construction job that got left on the editing room floor? Think Pizans.

Campbell (who was once The Rocketeer, for pete’s sake), at times, seems to be having too much fun playing the epitome of evil as if he’s parodying the very archetype that the film is throwing at us. Imaginary friends have more dimensions than this guy and even James Bond villains would turn on him. And just when you think your image of men couldn’t be more irreversibly damaged, enter Fred Ward who plays Jupiter, the swingin’ biological father who abandoned her when she was young and offers her $12 for her plight.

It’s about this time that the film starts to take a turn for the truly ugly. What do you expect when Jeff Kober, one of the scariest white men EVER on screen. (Think Richard Tyson after having his face severely burned) turns up as one of the “FBI agents” with a penchant for the blade? At every turn, Slim seems to be at the mercy of Mitch and his goons. Even people she claims to love are at risk. Too bad this feminist Spider-Man couldn’t see more in Joe (Dan Futterman), the good friend whom she once dated before she hooked up with rich Mitch the son-of-a-bitch. Even the screenplay treats Joe like the nice guy friend that he is by discarding him midway through, not even to appear for the happy ending reunion. Note to women – a lot of problems may be averted if you hook up with the friend first instead of just running to him when the bad boy makes you cry.

Anyone who has seen the countless ads for Enough knows this all leads up to the biggest no-holds-barred mano-a-womano showdown since Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs, except far more violent. So determined is Slim, the feminist hero, that she breaks-in the night before and proceeds to even the playing field for a fair fight, knocking out cell phones, discarding of all weapons and even moving the furniture around. Well, almost completely fair. She doesn’t exactly bring along her James Bond mace watch (which she does USE in the movie), but she does hide giant rings under her hand tape. This, you see, will finally give her the upper hand as she plans to beat Mitch to a bloodier pulp than a woman giving birth to an orange.

If Slim is the brains behind this operation, then Slim’s best friend Ginny (Juliette Lewis) becomes the voice of spurned women everywhere. “Men are like landmines,” she says, “you never know when they’re going to go off.” Not to mention slam dunking the idea that chivalry and fidelity are also dead. She also tells Slim (during her moment of doubt of wanting to follow through with murdering her husband) that she has “a divine animal right to protect herself and her offspring.” That’s great, Ginny, except for one thing. WE’RE NOT ANIMALS!!! And since when are animal rights so freakin’ divine? Is she a Hindu and worshipping cows? I missed that plot point unless she’s referring to J-Lo’s ass. If she has a animal right, let alone a godlike one, to protect her family then technically every male on the planet has the right of animalistic law to thrust his manhood into every hole he can find like a golf course sponsored by this film’s screenplay.

If you’ve notice a preponderence of ass jokes its because this movie is just that – ASS! Does Mitch deserve what’s coming to him in the end? In a primalistic eye-for-an-eye way, absolutely. But this isn’t an action film and its not supposed to be. There are loftier issues at stake here and by raising a base-level bloody revenge thriller to a soapbox status for anyone who’s ever been physically wronged, the solutions here become an acceptable means to an end, which is far more dangerous than cartoonish violence to those easily influenced by the Jedi Mind Trick. Even the mediocre Sleeping with the Enemy presented a somewhat realistic view of spousal abuse until becoming a rather routine thriller, although not without some pragmatic character motivation.

Suspend your disbelief all you want, but ask yourself this one question – Why does Mitch want Slim back? She poses no threat to him financially as she just wants to leave him behind. He obviously can have any woman he wants and repeatedly HAS them. During one moment of clarity he tells his friend not to call her a “bitch”, although he does so time and again even slipping up while on the phone with his daughter. So is it for the kid then? Is that really what the impending custody battle is all about? If so, then does his mistress upon mistress lifestyle warrant such a useless distraction like a child actor so bad you could almost see the dog trainer off screen giving her the motions? “Look sad Tessa. (whistles) Look right. (shows toy) Now, look over here.”

The makers of Enough wouldn’t know shades of gray if they were color blind and watching 12 Angry Men. Guys who beat women don’t have much of a defense, nor should they deserve them. But is it fair to saddle the presiding male villain of the film with the following dialogue – “I’m a man. It’s no contest. I make the money. My rules.” Geez, why not just give him red skin and a pitchfork and cast Tim Curry? Isn’t it interesting that when the woman is a psycho it’s a chemical imbalance and when it’s the man – he’s just being a MAN!!! Good thing the character is a white male otherwise a whole other kind of retribution could have been witnessed by the bias police of countless races and the other gender.

Women going to this movie to root and cheer and to walk out triumphing this as the next statement in feminism are no better than the guys who go to Sorority Boys and Van Wilder to praise the way these guy-guys treat women and keep score of the number of sexual conquests. As I sat through the turgid finale, in which J-Lo mercilessly pounds on a MAN, I was surrounded by 200 women cheering at the top of their lungs. I wonder how people would feel if a room full of men hooted and hollered through the rape sequence in The Accused. Consider the dialogue of the cop who comes upon the scene at the end of the film when he says to Slim – "I guess you're one of the lucky ones." (YEAH - LUCKY LIKE O.J.!!!!!!!!!!!) Enough may go first on the DVD shopping list of Tawny Kitaen and Lionel Richie’s wife, but it doesn’t have to go on yours. If you choose to embrace Enough, the aliens have won. YOU’RE NEXT!!!

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User Comments

1/06/11 Josie Cotton is a goddess Boring, but with a nice final 2 stars
11/03/10 PAUL SHORTT CONTRIVED AND PREDICTABLE 2 stars
5/16/09 Jack Sommersby Odious, overlong and overwrought to the nth degree. 1 stars
8/31/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome storyline! 5 stars
1/28/07 David Pollastrini J. Lo is hot! 3 stars
1/22/07 Bitchflaps EricDSnider's review is myopic and patronising. Does he know anything about spousal abuse? 3 stars
6/17/06 nicolecrom2678 I liked it. JLO kick's some ass at the end! 3 stars
6/15/06 William Goss Oh, boy. J. Lo can kickbox. Life goes on. 2 stars
6/08/06 Ashley Hinz Intense, but forgettable. 4 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor Whats next, Jen stars as debbie lane a desperate housewife 3 stars
12/23/05 cody a good supsense drama with jlo, she kicks butt, gives her best perf. ever, go girl 4 stars
10/01/05 corrine handle a touchy subject with great care. 5 stars
9/06/05 R M JOB WELL DONE 5 stars
6/18/05 Spanky Lusious What's bigger JLo's Head or her Ass? 1 stars
5/13/05 Bushra Absolutely the best woman-kicking-man-ass movie after Double Jeopardy! 5 stars
4/15/05 Lauren I loved this movie, i thought it was very entertaining. jlos excellent acting helped 5 stars
3/23/05 clinger26 i am suprised my friend's DVD player didn't spit it out to cut my head in half 1 stars
10/15/04 a robinson this movie was very good 5 stars
10/05/04 Herman van der Meij How stupid can you go? 3 stars
9/27/04 NJ Cup Winner 95-00-03 J Lo, how low can you go? This is a tired, unnecessary flick 1 stars
7/02/04 Jack Murder Is Murder regardless of how pur your motives are, but the writers here are stupid 1 stars
3/19/04 Chris A good film...for me to POOP on! 1 stars
2/14/04 Dan Lipsky This movie is total garbage.the plot and characters are totally unbelievable. 1 stars
1/13/04 Helius No "this is ENOUGH" pun from me. I'll just say it sucks like a Hoover in a black hole. 1 stars
1/06/04 beautie the worst movie i ever saw!!!! did i say total crappp??? 1 stars
9/18/03 Jake Great film! 5 stars
7/21/03 Amelia absolutely excellent film. Really touching and dramatic. My fave film and i reccomend it! 5 stars
5/19/03 Goofy Maxwell More brutal than going a round w/ Slim's kickboxing guru...No mas, no mas. 1 stars
5/08/03 Chassidy yancy It was a great movie to me. 5 stars
4/22/03 mr. Pink Unbelievably hilarious. The plot and acting are one of the most unconvincing ever. 1 stars
4/10/03 Natalie Stonecipher If Ashley Judd had a heart, she'd eat it out being out-ballbusted like this! 1 stars
3/18/03 Shadaan Felfeli The first 10 minutes were more than enough. 2 stars
3/02/03 Micky O'Neal 1 stars
1/27/03 Dani O. I'd rather be skinned alive and dunked in a tub of vinegar than hear J-Loathe's name again. 1 stars
11/23/02 Amy Fast foward to the last fifteen minutes and save brain cells 2 stars
11/20/02 ScrewBeeDoo Women are too weak! They need movies like these to fullfill their male bashing fantasies! 1 stars
11/14/02 Seth Can we say 'Lifetime movie" this shoulda been free. 1 stars
11/13/02 Andrew Carden Silly, but Intriguing and Action-Packed Fun 4 stars
11/06/02 JiniRose GREAT! Women can learn NOT to be victims! The Husband needed a good Ass Kicking! 5 stars
10/07/02 TheOthersFan Utterly unfounded pop-feminism plot line, but J.Lo makes it an oddly entertaining romp. 3 stars
8/28/02 Natalie Stonecipher If Ashley Judd had a heart, she'd eat it out being out-ballbusted like this! 1 stars
7/18/02 kitt4film@hotmail.com I resent the idea that any woman would find this film good!!! 1 stars
6/25/02 Rhesus Yes, I am a male sexist pig. I would chew on J-Lo's ass all night RUFF RUFF RUFF!! 1 stars
6/22/02 Kever booooooooooo 1 stars
6/17/02 Mikeyboy I truly enjoyed this movie, see it for yourself and never mind the bad reviews, they're off 5 stars
6/15/02 Snoop-dummy dog This movie was a waste of $$. Last J-Lo movie I will EVER see 2 stars
6/08/02 ownerofdajoint if you like jennifer lopez go see this flick/my eyes were riveted to her beautiful selfe 5 stars
6/02/02 stud AWSOME 5 stars
6/02/02 Chris Lopez makes this film a paronid guilty pleasure. 3 stars
6/01/02 SaveMe! shockingly stupid and offensive, anybody caught cheering in the end should be deported 1 stars
5/31/02 Janine Lay so fucking stupid, what did she become, a ninja? 1 stars
5/31/02 Shelley Smith I think the titile says it all: ENOUGH with the J-Lo. Utter Crap!!! 1 stars
5/30/02 Dr Laura Is A Bitch (Doo dah, doo dah...) I had ENOUGH after ten minutes. 1 stars
5/30/02 Caiphn What was I thinking ... 1 stars
5/29/02 Todd Bitch can't sing, bitch can't act, I want my fucking money back! 1 stars
5/29/02 The Great Garbonzo Yay... another "men are all fucking pigs" flic. God I hate Hollywood. 1 stars
5/28/02 The Bomb 69 Her ass looks great but when she opens her mouth I want to shove an apple in 1 stars
5/27/02 Kyle I don't care if Jennifer Lopez is hot. She needs to be seriously injured. 1 stars
5/25/02 Danielle Ophelia You can see the same damn thing on Lifetime. Every day. For FREE. 1 stars
5/25/02 Darth Sidious Her ass emotes better than she does, mayunh. 1 stars
5/25/02 Veronica Foxx Calling Lopez Slim is like calling Roger Ebert ,Stick. Only thing slim is the plot! Sucks! 1 stars
5/25/02 Matt Makowka Just say, "J to the N-O!" 1 stars
5/24/02 Joe Deblow J'ho's ego is just as big as her collasol ass, and reeks just as bad. 1 stars
5/16/02 Allison Lafferty Jennifer, you were great in WEDDING PLANNER. Quit trying to be another Ashley Judd! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  24-May-2002 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  17-Oct-2002


Directed by
  Michael Apted

Written by
  Nicholas Kazan

Cast
  Jennifer Lopez
  Bill Campbell
  Dan Futterman
  Juliette Lewis
  Fred Ward
  Noah Wyle



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