Top positive review
“Does that line ever work?” [Slim, opening title scene]
on 28 August 2017
In this 2002 social drama, Slim (Jennifer Lopez) marries Mitch Hiller (Billy Campbell), and they have a child, Gracie (Tessa Allen) but his controlling behaviour goes unnoticed. Skip years later and Slim finds out Mitch has been cheating on her but he admits it and becomes violent, slapping and punching her in the face when she threatens to leave. So the question is, what will Slim do now?
This gets to the point within 15 minutes and what follows is a harrowing tale of a strong willed woman who wants out but is held in check by the menacing attitude of the husband. The strength of this is that the first third follows a plausible path but then stupidity apparently takes over [lose a *] and the ‘stupids’ pile up which does make things more interesting in ‘An Enemy of the State’ manner mixed with ‘Sleeping With the Enemy’. There are some nice twists in this –provided you haven’t read too many reviews [regain a *] and its nice to see the much under-rated Juliette Lewis in a support role.
The single disc immediately offers audio set-up [English, Russian, Hungarian], subtitles [English, English commentary 1&2, English captions, Russian, Czech, Arabic], scene selection, special features [2 commentaries, deleted scenes, Max on the set] and trailers [5 of]. Rated 15 this contains some minor cussing and plenty of threatening violence but no nudity or sex. I actually wanted to mark this down but found it doing its task –being entertaining and tense, although I personally didn’t support the dubious morally and legally flawed ending –sorry!