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Enough is a 2002 American thriller film starring Jennifer Lopez as Slim, an abused wife who learns to fight back. The film begins in a Los Angeles restaurant, where the main character, a waitress named Slim, works there with her best friend, Ginny. Slim receives unwelcome romantic advances from a customer who complemented her on her slim figure, but is rescued by a guy named Mitch Hiller. They later marry and have a daughter named Gracie. A few years later, Slim finds out that Mitch is unfaithful and was cheating on her with another woman named Darcelle (who is slimmer than Slim). When she confronts him, he tells her the other women meant nothing. But Slim's sadness turns to anger and she threatens to leave. Mitch becomes violent, slapping and punching her in the face. He tells her that since he makes the money, he gets to do what he wants. He says he will not break the affair off and she has to deal with that, unless she was to fight. When he leaves, she picks up the phone to call his mother. He taps on the window when he catches her, asking her who she's calling, and why. She says she's calling his mother, but lies when she gives her reasons. He believes her, and leaves.
Working class waitress Slim (Lopez) finds herself living a dream when she marries a loving, wealthy contractor named Mitch (Campbell). They settle into a flawless suburban life and eventually give birth to an adorable daughter, Gracie. Everything seems to be perfect for Slim.
Then one day Slim decides to investigate her husband's cell phone. She discovers he has a mistress - maybe two, or three! She aggressively confronts him about this; in return, he furiously slaps her across the face. 'What, I can't hit you?' he asks. She firmly replies, 'No, you can't!' Wrong thing to say - she ends up on the floor with a bloody face and a black eye.
His behavior grows more adulterous and violent. Not knowing who to turn to, Slim grabs Gracie (Tessa Allen), now five years old, and leaves Mitch. Unfortunately, Mitch wants her at any cost. He hires dangerous handymen to track her down. Defenseless and broke, she scrambles from place to place, living in fear and humiliation, as her husband continues his search. But everyone has a limit, and it's not long before Slim decides to end her struggle with Mitch for good.
Many will foresee an inevitable conclusion from the trailer. For those who don't ignore the obvious, Enough will fall flat on its shameless face. Maybe that's what it really deserves, thanks to its thoughtless, mind-numbingly predictable story.
It's the performances that save the movie. Lopez reportedly trained in martial arts for three months with Simon Crane, who also trained Angelina Jolie for her role in Tomb Raider. Lopez plays the role with nerves of steel, giving her character much more empathy than Sally Field earned in 1995's similar Eye for an Eye. Campbell makes the perfect villain, more terrifying and tense than Mr. Voorhees ever though of being in Jason X. Mitch is arrogant, unpredictable, determined, and resourceful -- perfect for a memorable bad guy.
But Enough doesn't utilize Slim's old friend and romantic interest enough, nor does it develop Slim's real and adopted fathers. Noah Wyle's character becomes a mere plot device instead of evolving further. The movie also uses the tiresome old 'kid' cliché. Gracie is, as always, just old enough to understand the situation, but not quite old enough to make an actual impact in the story. Although the film uses a child better than most movies like this would, she is still a cheap ploy to raise the stakes.
Enough's simple and direct conclusion is not as satisfying as we hope for, but it does work for what it is. By the final scenes, despite their obviousness, I was as engrossed in the movie as I could have been, actually rooting for J. Lo to kick some bad guy butt!
Vegas has J. Lo in 3.