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(2001) (Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel) (R)

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Drama: As a tough Chicago cop tries to deal with her estranged family, she must also contend with a mysterious stranger who not only saved her life, but has also become romantically involved with her.
Sharon Pogue (JENNIFER LOPEZ) is a tough Chicago cop who's far better at catching the bad guys on the streets with her partner, Robby (TERRENCE HOWARD), than dealing with issues of her personal life. Not only is she single and without any solid relationships, but she's also estranged from most of her family.

Although she's civil to her brother, Larry (JEREMY SISTO), and his wife, Kathy (MONET MAZUR), her relationship with her mother, Josephine (SONIA BRAGA), is strained, and her father, Carl (VICTOR ARGO), essentially disowned her a decade ago after she arrested him for beating Josephine.

Sharon's life changes forever, however, when a mysterious stranger, Catch (JIM CAVIEZEL), saves her life during a chase and shootout. Although she's often standoffish toward others, Sharon warms up to Catch and his unassuming and amiable demeanor, even if he won't tell her much about himself. Seemingly something of a disheveled transient, Catch brings groceries each week to a disabled woman, Elanora Davis (SHIRLEY KNIGHT), and helps others for no apparent reason other than being nice and concerned about their welfare. That nebulous nature and identity worries Robby, particularly when he can't pull up any records on the man.

Nevertheless, Sharon begins to fall for him, all while dealing with the announcement that her parents are going to renew their marriage vows. Unsure of how to react to that or Catch's mysterious ways, Sharon finds herself facing the prospect of trying to patch things up with her family as well as the eventual discovery and revelation of Catch's true identity and tragic past.

Those who are fans of anyone in the cast - particularly singer/actress Jennifer Lopez - will probably want to see it.
For language, violence and a scene of sexuality.
  • JENNIFER LOPEZ plays a tough and physical Chicago cop who's estranged from her family and becomes involved with a mysterious man who saves her life (with whom she has sex). She also uses strong profanity.
  • JIM CAVIEZEL plays an odd and mysterious but amiable man who's seemingly homeless and saves Sharon's life. Reluctant to face or discuss his tragic past, he becomes involved with Sharon and eventually has sex with her.
  • TERRENCE HOWARD plays Sharon's cop partner who worries about her and uses strong profanity.
  • SONIA BRAGA plays Sharon's mother who'd like her family to be the real definition of just that again.
  • VICTOR ARGO plays Sharon's distant father who's essentially disowned her after she arrested him years earlier for beating his wife and wants nothing to do with her now.
  • JEREMY SISTO plays Sharon's brother who uses strong profanity and physically abuses his wife.
  • MONET MAZUR plays that beaten wife.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity is listed as extreme due to at least 38 uses of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some dialogue is sexually related but not graphic/explicit, while we see a sexual encounter between the two main characters (that's more sensuous than graphic in nature, but does show movement and includes some related sounds).

    Violence consists of a drive-by shooting with a machine gun (that injures some people), a subsequent shootout (where the main character is shot in her bulletproof vest), and some punching and other physical striking. A severe car accident where two people were killed is partially seen in several flashbacks. Some of that violent material has bloody results, and may be tense or unsettling to some viewers.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including various criminals and a father and son who physically abuse(d) their wives. Tense family moments are also present in the form of the main character being estranged from most of her family and another character's loss of his in the past. Beyond that, some characters drink and a few smoke.

    Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may want to see it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in it.

  • Sharon drinks a shot of liquor and then a beer along with her fellow cops who also drink. Moments later, a waitress brings two beers over for Sharon and Catch (but we don't see either of them drinking). Later, Catch wonders if Sharon is okay to drive and she replies that she's not drunk and that he would know if she were because she'd be vomiting. She later mentions that she must be drunk (as she realizes she's telling him personal stuff about herself).
  • Sharon offers Catch a drink in her place, but he declines. She then pours herself some liquor.
  • Some people have drinks in a jazz club.
  • People have drinks at a party.
  • A man has a little bit of blood on his face after being in a fight.
  • We see a little bit of blood on some cops (one has some blood splatter on his face) after a man opens fire on them with a machinegun.
  • Sharon has a large bruise on her chest from where a bullet hit her bulletproof vest.
  • Larry's mouth is bloody after being punched there.
  • In a flashback, we see a car accident victim's face that's covered in blood.
  • A married cop repeatedly makes various sexual innuendos to Sharon.
  • Some thugs that Sharon and Robby arrest have both and call Sharon various names.
  • Sharon's father still holds a grudge against her a decade after she arrested him for beating her mother.
  • After making something of a morning date, Sharon stands up Catch (but does call and leave a message).
  • We see that Sharon's brother, Larry, has beat up his wife. Sharon then punches him in front of other cops who then state that they didn't see anything when he says he's going to press charges.
  • Sharon illegally allows herself into a deserted home.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be tense or unsettling to some viewers, particularly the scene where Sharon is nearly shot and killed, and the various flashbacks to a car accident scene.
  • As some eerie music plays, Catch stares at the neighbor boy who stares back at him.
  • Machinegun/Handguns: Used to threaten, wound or possibly kill people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Shut the f*ck up," "F*ck you," "You f*cking bitch," "You can suck my f*cking d*ck" (said in anger), "Sit the f*ck down," "Don't f*cking move," "F*cking idiot," "Don't talk to me like a f*cking child," "Don't f*cking patronize me," "F*ck him," "Get the f*ck out of my house," "You're a f*cking coward," "You're a f*cking c*nt," "She's f*cking crazy," "Bullsh*t," "I don't need this sh*t," "What the hell /are you doing/is the matter with you?" "Sucked," "Pissed (me) off," "Idiot," "Bitch," "Faggot," "Screw it," "Don't bust my balls," "Shut up" and "Kick ass."
  • Catch jumps from a relatively high cliff down into a lake. Sharon then dives in moments later.
  • A man suddenly jumps down onto Sharon in a tense scene.
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful or ominous music plays in the film.
  • None.
  • At least 38 "f" words (3 used with "mother"), 13 "s" words, 2 slang terms using male genitals ("c*cks*cker" and "d*ck"), 1 slang term using female genitals ("c*nt"), 6 hells, 3 damns, 2 asses, 2 uses each of "G-damn," "Jesus" and "Oh God" and 1 use of "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • We briefly see Sharon in her bra as she undresses.
  • A fellow cop (who's male) makes some sexual innuendos to Sharon (including something about her wanting to clean her date's "pipe," which she says she wanted to do).
  • After Sharon arrests a man in a fight, he makes various sexual comments and gestures to her (such as suggestively licking his tongue at her and talking about taking her into a backroom and her touching him not being the touch he wants from her).
  • As Sharon drives, Catch says that he's trying to picture her without her clothes on. This catches her by surprise and he's then embarrassed, stating that he meant seeing her in something other than her police uniform.
  • Sharon and Catch passionately kiss (while standing and clothed), but he suddenly says that he has to leave and does.
  • Sharon wears something of a halter-top that shows a bit of cleavage.
  • We see Catch in his boxers and Sharon in her black bra and panties as both jump/dive into a lake. The two then kiss while in the water, and she tells him to kiss her somewhere she's never been kissed before. He then dives below the water and she sheiks in joy, but we then see that he's grabbed her foot and is kissing it.
  • We then see them having sex on the shore. Both are sitting upright with her on his lap (and both are sweaty) and we see some movement (along with his bare back) and hear some sounds. We see them in a sensuous torso and head shot, and then a shoulders and head shot during this (but don't see her bare breasts that are blocked by their arms).
  • A thug makes some sort of mocking comment about Robby or Sharon wanting to make love to the other.
  • A few miscellaneous people smoke.
  • Sharon tells her mother that the family home still smells like cigarettes and her mother states that Sharon's father is down to six a day.
  • We learn that Sharon has an estranged relationship with her parents, especially her father who hasn't forgiven her for arresting him ten years ago (for beating Sharon's mother). Later, and at a party, her father sees her and walks away. She then confronts him and he states that he doesn't feel like he has a daughter anymore.
  • Sharon has it out with her brother after she learns that he's beaten his wife.
  • We see that a man has reacted badly to the death of his wife and child (becoming borderline psychotic).
  • How people react to personal tragedies.
  • Whether Sharon would have let Catch into her life so easily without more concrete information about him.
  • Estranged families and how various family members react to efforts to patch things up.
  • Domestic abuse and how it's often "passed down" from one generation to the next.
  • We see the aftermath of a car accident where two bagged bodies are carted off the scene.
  • After Catch tries to help a man by turning off his car's headlights, the man pushes Catch. In turn, he slaps this man, telling him that he helped him.
  • We see two men fighting on the street, punching and wrestling with each other. Sharon and Robby then show up and separate the men, with Sharon repeatedly slamming one of them onto a car hood.
  • After a suspect grabs Sharon's crotch, she grabs his head and violently knees him in the face.
  • A man drives by in a car and opens fires on a group of cops with a machinegun, hitting several of them. The car then speeds away but crashes. Sharon and Robby then chase the two suspects, with Robby catching one and Sharon chasing after the other. Sharon and this man open fire on each other as they run through a stadium hallway. Sharon then loses the man who then suddenly jumps down on her and shoots her several times in the chest (she's wearing a bulletproof vest). He then prepares to shoot her in the face when Catch suddenly arrives and tackles the man. Robby then arrives and kicks the gun from the man's hand.
  • Catch has a brief flashback/vision of a car accident.
  • We see that Sharon's brother, Larry, has beat up his wife (she has a black eye and things are overturned in their place). After some tense moments, Sharon then punches Larry in the face and other cops have to keep the two separated.
  • Robby slams a thug into a car hood.
  • Catch pushes a man aside.
  • In a flashback, we see a car accident victim's face that's covered in blood and then later briefly see the accident itself where a truck smashes into a car.

  • Reviewed May 14, 2001 / Posted May 18, 2001

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