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This 2002 thriller, directed by Michael Apted, is basically a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, on the big-screen, turned UpToEleven.

Stars Music/JenniferLopez as Slim, a woman who leaves her evil husband behind. However, he turns out to be rather determined to bring her back, so she might have to fight back...

!!This film provides examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: The reason this whole mess started? Mitch made a bet about whether or not he would be able to get into Slim's pants.
* BerserkButton: Mitch does not react well to his masculinity being called into question when his wife starts hitting back.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mitch learns this the '''hard''' way.
* BrokenAesop: Hoo, boy. Even though the movie tries to show Slim as an "empowered" and self-reliant woman, it's men who ultimately help her and Gracie throughout the film (her formerly DisappearedDad gave her money, her ex-boyfriend hid the two of them in his apartment and even a man physically trains her to fight [[FridgeHorror all the while knowing what her true intentions]] [[MurderByInaction of meeting up with Mitch are.)]]
* CarFu: Because there are ever so many abused women that get into high-speed car chases with their husbands.
* CombatPragmatist: Slim, when she TookALevelInBadass. Notably, when she takes on Mitch, she wears steel-toecapped boots and heavy rings under her hand wraps to even the odds.
* CrazyPrepared: Slim to almost Franchise/{{Batman}}-like levels. Whenever she moves house, she has an exit strategy planned. Before she confronts Mitch at his place in the climax, she moves the furniture around, memorises the whole house, hides his guns and jams his phone.
* DeusAngstMachina: Mitch is rich enough and well-connected enough to do whatever the hell he wants to Slim and get off scott free. Of course, what he does for a living and what his connections actually are are ridiculously vague.
** Near the start of the film it's shown Mitch owns some sort of construction company
* TheDogShotFirst: Even though she intends on beating him to death with her bare hands, Slim hesitates and decides not to kill Mitch when she has him at her mercy. But when he attacks her ''again'', he gets fatally thrown out his third-story window.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Slim's ex-boyfriend Joe. When she flees for the first time, she goes to his apartment and he doesn't reveal her hiding place despite three men threatening him with a knife. Later, he visits her in Michigan, where they share a bed for one night, and she says he's "really not that bad" (few guys are, compared with Mitch.) After that, Joe disappears until the end credits, when he pops up with Slim and Gracie on a boat.
* DomesticAbuse: One of the reasons the movie is widely hated is its use of DomesticAbuse, a very sensitive topic, as a thriller.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: To be fair, Mitch is showcased throughout the whole movie to be an unrelenting, absurdly evil and absurdly well-connected abusive husband, but as FamilyUnfriendlyAesop and MoralDissonance tell, the climactic fight is not Slim fighting Mitch off, but performing ''premeditated breaking and entering and murder'', which is ''no different from what Mitch had done at least once during the movie'' (and also she plants falsified letters and other items that will help with her "self defense" testimony). If the movie was ''not'' a high-budget LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, chances are that Slim would have seen the inside of a jail cell for some time (at least until the investigation cleared her), or ended with a HeWhoFightsMonsters aesop. Instead, out into the sunset she goes, without an ounce of angst from her, or her kid.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Mitch's justification for his affairs before he stops feeling that he has to justify his actions to his wife at all, and it becomes a case of 'I'm a man, I can do what I want'.
* ImplacableMan: Mitch literally chases Slim and Gracie across the entire country.
* InstantExpert: Slim picks up Krav Maga with ridiculous ease. Sure, it is easy to learn quickly, but you don't get that good after ''one lesson''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mitch. The resources he can call upon to keep on his DomesticAbuse are almost to super-villain levels.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: We never do learn Slim's real name, do we?
* MamaBear: When she finally fights back, there is a series of flashes from previous scenes of her being abused. What made her pull the killing blow was when she remembered him hurting Gracie for trying to protect her.
%%* {{Melodrama}}
* MoralDissonance: While the movie established that Mitch was a [[EatsBabies baby-eating monster]] who if given half the chance would KickTheDog down the street... Slim premeditated his murder, broke into his house, initiated a fight, and isn't even arrested (the [[PoliceAreUseless police proved to be thoroughly useless by that point]]). As the tagline suggests "[[TheDogShotFirst Self defence isn't murder]]". Never mind that it sorta stops being self defense when you ''break into someone's house to beat them to death with your bare hands''.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution : Slim was even told that he was powerful enough to get away with it, and any legal action she takes would just allow him to track her down and kill her. It wasn't exactly the best option but it may have really been her ''only'' option. Though for this to work we have to of course accept that Mitch has numerous powerful friends in every division of every police department everywhere, among other things.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Slim goes to her DisappearedDad for help, as she has nobody else to turn to. As he ReallyGetsAround, he's heard this story enough times not to believe it at face value. But when ''Mitch'' shows up and threatens him not to help Slim out, he immediately provides her with all the money she needs, because if she wasn't his child, Mitch would have had no reason to try and keep him from helping Slim.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Once it is made clear that Mitch will only stop once Slim is dead (and he doesn't minds sending her friends to the grave before her), Slim decides to kill him.
* PoliceAreUseless: The cops who are clean cannot help Slim in any way (even with copious amount of evidence and multiple witnesses). The ones [[DirtyCop who are dirty]] are all friends of Mitch and using their connections as cops to help him track her and try to strong-arm said witnesses.
%%* RevengeAgainstMen
%%* StrawMisogynist: "''What, I'm not allowed to hit you?''"
* ThreatBackfire: Mitch threatens Slim's biological father not to help her out. [[{{CrowningMomentOfAwesome}} He immediately provides her with an exorbitant amount of money.]]
* TiredOfRunning: After spending most of the movie trying to escape from Mitch, Slim finally gets sick of running from him and fights back.
* TookALevelInBadass: Slim passes from an innocent housewife into a Lara Croft - like ActionGirl.
%%* TrailersAlwaysSpoil
* UnskilledButStrong: Mitch, as we discover when Slim confronts him at the end. She knows what she's doing, he just prefers raw power.
%%* YouFailLogicForever