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Sleeping with the Enemy 1991

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband...

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Ahhhhh, the world is truly ending if I am giving this movie a 7. But I like it.

I mean, what can beat a melodramatic 90s thriller starring Julia Roberts as an abused wife who escapes?

But the sad thing is . . . it works. Maybe it's just that I saw this movie at a really young age, and it still kinda creeps me out. But this movie is everything that Christina's House tried to be. And it's effective.

By that, I mean that very little things are creepy. Like the opening of the cabinet doors obviously beats the half-eaten Oreo or the prepared sandwich. Plus, there are no weird sexual undertones between father and daughter - gross!

The husband is so creepy. Remind me to never, ever date or marry a man who is that obsessive and controlling over the towels or the cabinets, because you just know that's going to come back to haunt you.

Yes, it's predictable. But it's, like, a part of my childhood. And it's actually not half bad.


I know this review sucks, but I'm tired and trying to get slightly caught up. I've still got one more to review before I'm caught up, so look for one tomorrow.
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991) Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence, Kyle Secor, Claudette Nevins, D: Joseph Ruben. Obvious however watchable drama about battered woman Roberts (who's good throughout) fleeing her miserable life in Cape Cod and particular, abusive husband by faking her death and then making a new life in Iowa. But he finds her. Just about ample of jumpy false alarms more than suspense, but chilling and holds your interest. Spawned so many imitations; based on the novel by Nancy Price. Running Time: 98 minutes and rated R for violence, some language and brief sensuality. **
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SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
(JOSEPH RUBEN, 1991)
R
1 HOUR 39 MINUTES
Why You Should See This Movie:
If you like Julia Roberts and would like to see all of her films, check this out, otherwise don't bother.

Why You Shouldn't See This Movie:
Julia Roberts has given great performances in quite a few films, but this movie demonstrates that simply having a superstar in a film without a worthwhile plot does not make a good movie. This film struggles in almost every aspect. The acting is decent at times, but Robert's new love is horrible as well as her mom. The weirdest part in my opinion was how the film was supposed to be a suspenseful thriller but midway through the film, a music montage of upbeat rock music is presented that is so out of place, the entire movie comes to a screeching halt. The plot began decent, but became very shallow very quickly and had no interesting twists or turns to keep the story intriguing.

Conclusion:
Julia Roberts is unable to save this horrible script and bad directing from a complete waste of your time.
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Regarding Henry stars Harrison Ford as an insenstive, ruthless attorney who accidentally wanders into a burglary ended up shot in the head. Once he emerges from his coma he realizes what a jerk he was and attempts to mend his way. Well he should have been nicer before he got shot.

Sleeping With the Enemy bills itself as a psychological thriller, however you may need to take something to keep you awake. Stars Julia Roberts. I only like a couple of movies she's been in, and this isn't one of them.

L.A. Story is a sophisticated comedy starring Steve Martin as television weatherman enjoying a typical LA yuppie life. Life changes when he is fired and finds out girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner) is cheating on him. Enter Sandee (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Sara (Victoria Tennant).


Tagline:

She is a stranger in a small town. She changed her name. Her looks. Her life. All to escape the most dangerous man she's ever met. Her husband.

Plot:

Laura (Julia Roberts) stages her death to escape from her obsessive and violent husband Martin (played brilliantly by Patrick Bergin). She goes to a small town, changes her name and finds new love. But when Martin realizes that he may have been tricked, he's determined to trace her...

Plus:

Excellent acting by Julia Roberts and even better acting by Patrick Bergin, good direction and atmoshpere.

Minus:

A lazy setup and an even lazier ending does not do justice to the source (a great book apparantely).

Overall:

What could have been a great movie turns out to be average and best avoided!

MY Rating: 5/10 :rotten:
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Sleeping With the Enemy
I somehow forgot I saw these movies, and just recently realized it. One of them was way back during the summer, the other was just a couple of weeks ago.

Anyhow, thought I'd throw them in.




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Directed by: John G. Avildson


This is a fairly generic thriller that's elevated by above-average writing, cinematography and acting. I actually think this is probably the best I've ever seen Julia Roberts. Matter of fact, it's the only movie I've seen where Julia Roberts wasn't playing...Julia Roberts. She's hardly Meryl Streep, but she's not bad at all.

The film is about an obsessive, abusive husband and his wife who live in Massachussetts, who's so afraid of him, she doesn't dare leave him in any traditional way. She can't even just run away, she must make sure he won't come looking. So, after months and months of planning, she fakes her own death and runs away to Iowa where she can start a new life. She succeeds at first, but of course, her carefully planned deception eventually starts to unravel.

The ending of this movie could have been a lot better, but I really enjoyed the tone and pacing of this film, the acting is better then average, and overall, at least at the time I watched it, it was just what the doctor ordered.

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