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Sleeping with the Enemy
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by Cochise

"A dramatic story of obsession, desperation, and violence."
4 stars

Obsession and domestic violence are the themes of this film. Very well done and a must see.

WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.

Laura Burney, played by Julia Roberts, is married to an obsessive creep named Martin. He demands that the house be kept in an almost perfect state, and abuses Laura when she does not live up to his standard. Finally after Martin becomes physically abusive, Laura decides she can’t take it anymore and escapes. She moves to a small town and meets Ben Woodward, a neighbor and a really nice guy whom Laura likes.

There are three important characters in the film. They illustrate interesting personality types.

Martin is an obsessive personality. He is preoccupied with preciseness and order in a way that is unhealthy. A good example of this is his getting angry at Laura for not having the towels in perfect order. One could also say that his sexual technique comes from his obsessive personality. He is more interested in his own pleasure than how his technique effects his wife. Also, his unwillingness to let her go and his pursuit of her in the end is obsessive.

Obsessive people are not always cruel as Martin is, but anyone who is obsessive is usually hard to live with, and the cruel side of Martin is what makes Laura unable to go on living with him.

Laura is a very normal person living under extremely stressful circumstances with an abusive husband. The film shows the desperation that Laura has in order to create such a complicated plot to escape. I think that faking her own drowning was brilliant. However, the film does show that, sometimes, now matter how careful ones makes a plan, it is possible to make a mistake.

Ben is a normal, healthy person. When he comes into the film, it is like a breath of fresh air. No wonder Laura falls in love with him. Unfortunately, all can not be perfect because Martin finds Laura.

The violence in the film was a surprise. I found it hard to believe that Laura could kill Martin in as relatively a calm way as she did. If a person has never shot a gun at a person, I think one would have more of a reaction to aiming the gun and shooting. Also, the film did not show the consequences of the shooting. In reality there would have been police called, charges laid, and life of the boyfriend and his wife would have become very complicated and unhappy for a while.

I feel the shooting was a bit melodramatic, and I would have liked to have seen some other way of resolving the plot. The shooting makes the film end too simply.

I enjoyed the visual aspects of the film. The shots of the beach, the house, and of her supposed drowning was fantastic. I especially liked the architecture of the house.

I wouldn't say this film is good enough to rush out and buy, but I would certainly go down to my local DVD outlet and rent it. An entertaining and educational film.

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originally posted: 07/16/07 00:41:35
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User Comments

8/28/12 roscoe bergin is a good characte, but he's hardly in it. overall, bland, mediocre 2 stars
9/27/07 Noelle Good movie in all! I have always liked the messing up the cans and towels scene. 4 stars
7/18/07 ES better than 'Enough' 4 stars
12/02/06 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 4 stars
5/15/06 Roberta Reminds me of the moive Jennifer Lopaz did "Enough." Both where excellent movies! 5 stars
5/08/06 Carolyn Rathburn wonderful suspence, loved it 5 stars
12/21/05 cody a good movie with suspense and drama that pack a punch, my brown eye girl is got a gun man! 4 stars
11/01/04 Tim Hammer This film sucks. It came straight out of a womyn's studies text book and has no surprises. 1 stars
7/10/03 cochese Julia Roberts sucks ass 1 stars
6/10/03 Kelli keeps u watching, but predictable 4 stars
2/08/03 Jack Sommersby Roberts is atypically affecting in this cliched yet taut thriller. 3 stars
2/07/03 Charles Tatum Not one unexpected plot point in the entire overrated mess 1 stars
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  08-Feb-1991 (R)
  DVD: 02-Sep-2003



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