Directed by Michael Apted.
Written by Nicholas Kazan.
Starring Jennifer Lopez and Billy Campbell.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 5/28/02
Bad news, man. To Brett Stone, who said
to me, “Hey man, lemme know how bad ‘Enough’ is.” I’m
sorry...”Enough” didn’t suck.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t great.
But, didn’t you think this was going to be the worst movie of the
year? I sure did. From the first time I saw the preview,
and judging from J-Lo’s recent track record, I was positive this was
going to suck. Then tonight, I went to go see it...
...and, it was only average. And, for
the first time since the 1998 Samuel L. Jackson thriller “The
Negotiator”, the trailer is scene-for-scene the plot of the movie.
So, Jennifer Lopez plays a woman that is the victim of a wife
beater. She and her kid make a run for it, only to be chased
all over the country by this obsessed womanizer/rich
guy/construction chief/cliché. Then, she finally gets sick of
it all, hires a trainer, gets in tip-top shape and proceeds to whoop
his white ass because remember...”Self-defense isn’t murder.”
So, you guessed it, she kills him, and gets away with it.
But, for whatever reason, “Enough” does
just enough to keep you entertained. Billy Campbell plays the
womanizer here and his so-evil-he-must-be-a-movie-bad-guy
performance won’t warrant him ever working in film again, since his
last significant film work was in the 1991 disaster “The Rocketeer.”
But, he is good at that character attribute known as “hammy”, and
man, does he ham it up here! This is mostly due to a tired
script and J-Lo’s acting, which is better than usual but still not
too good. Again, average.
What picks up their roles are three
different performances here. First, the daughter (Tessa
Allen). She has an unbelievably annoying cuteness to her, but
when she is in the back seat of J-Lo’s car during that car chase,
she REALLY looks scared. Usually, you can’t get kids to look
that scared...all they do is scream real loud. Nope, here it
looks like Allen is actually in the back of the car at 90 MPH, and
she looks frightened as all get out. Second, Noah Wyle.
Noah WYLE! I don’t watch Wyle’s “day job” work as one of those
crazy doctors on “ER”, but he is really good here. As one of
the bad guys here in “Enough”, he has that smarmy look about him
that plays well against his good looks.
But, the best performance is by veteran
actor Bill Cobbs as a lawyer; you may remember his scene from the
trailer, when J-Lo asks him what this crazy husband will do to her
if she keeps coming home. What is better about this cameo is
the full scene in the movie.
J-Lo: “What will he do to me?”
Cobbs: “My guess? He’ll keep comin’ after
you...until he KILLS you.”
J-Lo: “Oh. Well, thanks.”
And then, she gets up and leaves! SHE
FUCKING LEAVES, gets back in her car, and figures out another way to
stop the guy. As if the lawyer had said “My guess? They put
ketchup and mustard on all the patties because Mr. Kroc liked both”
and then J-Lo was like “Oh, really? Shit, I like both of ‘em
too...thanks!” I was laughing out loud during this scene, because
Cobbs delivers the line with such matter-of-factness. Genius.
The last fifteen minutes—where J-Lo
predictably kills said husband—is pretty entertaining, mostly
because you get to watch the guy get his deserved comeuppance by
watching Lopez break out some kicks and cat-like maneuvers that she
didn’t learn until very recently in the movie’s timeline. And, I
couldn’t help but think, mid-film, of how many people that watch
this film are themselves victims of domestic abuse...and, how many
of them will see this film and call the cops right away to have
their violent husband arrested. If just one of them did that, then
I would be a fool to be so shortsighted that this is just another
bad J-Lo flick. You know?
Not bad enough to be bad but not good enough
to be good, films don’t come along that are more average than
“Enough.” As a film with some real-world redeeming qualities,
though, this will really hit home for some moviegoers.
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"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard