Sony // 2002 // 115 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // September 16th, 2003
Everyone has their limit.
Domestic bliss is a luxury most people strive for. Some find happiness, some find disenchantment, and still others find themselves married to a pretty boy with a temper the size of Omaha. For ex-waitress Slim (Jennifer Lopez, AKA "J-Lo," AKA "Miss Booty Shaker"), her decision to marry well off Mitch (Billy Campbell, TV's Once & Again) is about to come back and bite her on the ass -- quite literally. Though he's given her a daughter and a few years of the good life, Mitch suddenly gets caught in an extramarital affair. Once confronted, Mitch flips out on Slim, slapping her around like she was a tossed salad. Letting her know that he's the man of the house and he'll do what he damn well pleases, Mitch inexplicably becomes a stereotypically abusive husband. After being Mitch's punching bag for a while, Slim decides that it's best for her and her daughter to leave and get as far away as possible. But if Mitch can't have Slim, he decides, no one can. Each time Slim thinks she's gotten away from Mitch, he finds her with an alarming increase in violence. There is only so much one woman can take. And for J-Lo, it's about to come to a head.
For a more in-depth look at Enough I urge you to check out our lengthy review of the previous DVD edition. As for my two cents...
I like movies where the heroine opens up a can of whoop-ass on someone. It's glaringly obvious in Enough's first 20 minutes that the film is heading for a showdown of epic domestic proportions. And so by the last reel of the film we're waiting patiently for the two main characters to meet for some major bloodletting. Along the way, the screenplay will attempt to inform of us of the ugliness of spousal abuse, though I doubt this movie is an accurate portrayal of the real terror some women go through. Instead, Enough is a slick looking Hollywood take on violence, a movie that gleefully allows its heroine to find help when the screenplay requires it. One of the most baffling aspects of the story is Mitch's 180° turn from Mr. Nice Guy to the most feared man this side of Ike Turner. There is no true explanation given for his actions (except that he "gets what he wants"), which in turn makes for a somewhat confusing character. If Mitch is the embodiment of evil, then Slim (Lopez) is a beacon of all that is good and just in our world. Slim bounds from one city to the next, always staying just a few steps ahead of Mitch (who seems to have friends in every town and every occupation known to man). Unfortunately, she's towing around that little kid who screeches and yelps at every turn -- there are only so many times a moviegoer can hear the words "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" before thoughts of suicide dance in his head. The supporting cast includes a trashy looking Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) as Slim's best friend Ginny, an effeminate Fred Ward (Tremors) as Slim's indifferent father, and Noah Wyle as...well, you'll just have to watch the movie to find out. I have to admit that I enjoyed Enough for what it is -- a revenge flick with attitude and nothing more. I'm not a Jennifer Lopez fan, though I did enjoy her transformation from meek victim to dangerous hunter. Just don't see it on a date or you'll look like the biggest male pud on the planet, no matter how nice a guy you are.
This special edition of Enough is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. From what it looks like this is the same transfer as the previous DVD edition, which was very good. Shadow detail and colors are balanced well. The black levels are solid with no signs of gray tinting. The biggest flaw I spotted in the transfer was a slight amount of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. Otherwise, this is a fine looking transfer that should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in a very apt Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix in both English and French. There are a vast array of directional effects in this mix, most notably from background sounds and ambient noise. The biggest boost comes from David Arnold's bombastic score, which is very good at letting the viewer know something really thrilling is happening. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround mix in Spanish as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
It's slightly baffling as to why Columbia thought this movie needed a special edition, but here it is. Starting off this new edition of Enough is two commentary tracks: the first by director Michael Apted and screenwriter Nick Kazan, and the second with producers Rob Cannon and Irwin Winkler. Both of these commentary tracks sport the participants discussing at length the story, production, casting, and motivations of the characters. While there isn't a lot of humor to be found here (Apted seems especially dry), fans will most likely enjoy hearing the filmmakers' thoughts on the movie. Next up are three deleted scenes, each presented in non-anamorphic widescreen with optional director's commentary. Like most deleted scenes these are nothing special -- there is a reason why they were left on the cutting room floor. "Max on the Set: Enough" is a 12-minute promotional featurette that includes all the typical talking head interviews with the cast and crew. Apted, Campbell, and Kazan discuss at length about Mitch's character, the film's production, and where the story came from. Three shorter featurettes are also included: "A Clear Message" (about the film's focus on abused women and what it has to say about it), "Enough is Enough" (also about abuse, featuring interviews with various experts on domestic violence), and "Krav Maga: Contact Combat" (focusing on the aspect of fighting and the film's combat sequences). These featurettes focus much more on the themes in the film than the film itself. They provide a wealth of information on domestic violence and are well wroth the watch. Finally there is a music video for the song "Alive" by J-Lo, a few filmographies, and trailers for various Jennifer Lopez movies.
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Scales of Justice
* 2.40:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French)
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Two Commentary Tracks
* "Max on the Set: Enough" Featurette
* "Enough is Enough" Featurette
* "Krav Maga: Contact Combat" Featurette
* "A Clear Message" Featurette
* Deleted Scenes
* Theatrical Trailers
* Official Site
* National Domestic Violence Hotline
* DVD Verdict Review of Original Release