Directed by Michael Apted, starring Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Noah Wyle, Fred Ward.

The fact that 'Enough' is a star vehicle for the J-Lo brand is fair enough but - considering the amount of people she has to advise her - surely she could have picked something with a few more miles in it than this battered old jalopy.

Lopez plays Slim, a waitress who gets swept off her feet by the rich and charming Mitch (Campbell). They marry, move into a big suburban house and have little Gracie (Allen). Five years of wedded bliss later, Mitch reveals a dark side when Slim discovers that he's having an affair. After a savage beating, she takes Gracie and leaves him - but Mitch is not about to let her go so easily. When he threatens her friends, Slim goes it alone with a new look and identity, but he just keeps coming.

Tired of running, she decides that there's only one way of dealing with her abusive husband. Egged on by her friend Ginny (Lewis) with helpful phrases such as "You have a divine animal right to protect your life and the life of your offspring", Slim goes into bootcamp and transforms herself into a lean, mean killing machine for the ultimate showdown with Mitch.

Undoubtedly formulaic - just take a look at similar "battered wife fights back" films 'Sleeping with the enemy' and 'Double Jeopardy' - 'Enough' is fairly effective as a by-the-numbers thriller for the first half, as the omnipresent Mitch and his heavies pursue Slim and Gracie from city to city. Plot holes are evident throughout, but it's when Slim decides to fight back that the whole premise becomes completely risible.

'Enough' starts, in case you were unsure of the USP of this film, with a shot of Jennifer Lopez's legs and the camera spends a considerable amount of time lingering lovingly in her direction but she's still surprisingly believable as the battered young mother. Although her music and diva-like reputation may have eclipsed her acting career, Lopez is still a proficient actress - even if the material here doesn't merit her skills.

Unrealistic and occasionally offensive, 'Enough' ultimately reduces a serious domestic situation to a mere excuse for action scenes with a sexy woman beating up an abusive man. More than enough, it is actually far, far too much.

Caroline Hennessy