|Directed by:||Michael Apted|
|Written by:||Nicholas Kazan|
|Starring:||Jennifer Lopez, Bill Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Noah Wyle|
|Released:||October 17, 2002|
After about 30 minutes, I’d had more than “enough” of this rubbish. What began as a half-plausible look at domestic abuse developed into a breed of lunacy only a Hollywood writer could create.
We meet Slim (Lopez) working with her friend Ginny (Lewis) in a dinner. She meets a really nice guy named Mitch (Campbell) who saves her from a sleazy guy (Wyle) who’d made a bet with his friends that he’d sleep with her. The film then slips about 10 years into the future where Slim is now married to Mitch and they have a young daughter, Gracie (Allen).
You sense things aren’t the same between this couple and this is validated when Slim intercepts a call between Mitch and one of his mistresses. Slim tells Mitch they’re through but he retaliates with violence and promises there will be much more to come (for both her and her daughter) if she leaves him. It’s a lose-lose situation but she gets the courage to leave and with Gracie, she escapes in the middle of the night with the help of Ginny and some other friends.
Now comes the part where everything goes nuts. Mitch sends goons to find Slim and Gracie and she’s now on the run - being chased all across America. Don’t ask me how he keeps finding her. Meanwhile, Slim meets her estranged father who initially tells her to get lost but then seeing the trouble she’s in, gives her a wad of money and some advice - to do some self-defence training. So she starts training, toughens up and prepares for the encounter to finally take on her husband “man-to-man”.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know all the above anyway. However, the part where Slim begins the training doesn’t occur until 80 minutes in. I knew what was coming up the whole time and yet had to wait over an hour for it. Not acceptable. Also not acceptable is the film’s 114 minute length. If there’s anything worse than a bad film, it’s a long bad film.
This truly pathetic script was penned by Nicholas Kazan who also wrote Bicentennial Man and Fallen. Had I known this before I saw this movie, I would have at least been prepared for something underwhelming. The director is Michael Apted who directed the last Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. Both films share similar elements of realism and curiously share the word “enough”.