Sleeping With the Enemy

Published August 31, 2022

Sleeping With the Enemy

Film info

  • Title Sleeping With the Enemy
  • Director Joseph Ruben
  • Year 1991
  • Run time 1hr 39m
  • Genres Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Tagline Self-defense is not murder

In this romantic thriller, Julia Roberts stars as Laura, a woman who thinks she's found the perfect man in Martin. But after they are married, Laura discovers Martin is controlling and dangerously violent. Faking her own death, Laura adopts a new identity and starts life over in a small town. But Laura's memories of Martin's brutality come back to life when he discovers her secret location.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:16 Loving their beach side house, but yep, wind will be a problem.
9:43 She can’t swim, that’s going to be important later.
14:51 “I’m sorry we quarrelled,” he says, having hit her to the floor and kicked her.
20:39 “So much for weather reports.”
27:27 Feels a bit extreme to fake your own death, but proud of her for learning to swim.
38:14 Never thought of watering the plants with musicals energy. Next time!
44:31 Argh, nosy parkers trying to give their condolences and dropping her in it.
52:36 “What is it with men?’ “Don’t do that.” No, do, you do that Jules.
58:47 I like the theatre vibe but this is the creepiest date ever.
1:09:10 It’s a surprisingly effective disguise.
1:14:25 I get he’s determined but does he not have a job to go to?
1:21:56 How can she have a bath in 20 mins? I couldn’t even pour a bath in 20 mins.
1:29:51 Wahey Ben knowing there was a problem!


I feel like this movie didn’t know what it wanted to be. The music and the initial vibe was rom-com style, until it became clear that the husband was bad people. Elements of drama and thriller, although it was another film that took a while to really get going. Then the rom-com came back for a bit until it ended up back with thriller and even moments of horror - jump scares, and the why-won’t-you-die piece at the end. It was okay, but Julia has certainly done better.

Rating: 2 / 5

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