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Angel Eyes
cast: Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Sonia Braga, and Shirley Knight

director: Luis Manoki

100 minutes (15) 2001
Warner VHS rental
Also available to buy on DVD

RATING: 5/10
reviewed by Jeff Young
"You're standing in my bedroom, looking through my panty drawer. Who are you?" Jennifer Lopez plays a Chicago cop named Sharon in this romantic mystery drama. She rescued from a bullet by the quick-thinking actions of anonymous depressive, Catch (Caviezel, from Frequency and The Thin Red Line), a guilt-ridden widower who's living in denial of losing his wife and son in a road crash. Sharon and Catch fall in love and, although there's plenty of tritely handled psych 101 material lurking in their respective painful pasts - which seems to draw them closer together - can this mismatched couple 'save' each other, and find lasting happiness, without sorting out all those bereavement and family problems first?
   She rates highly as a sex symbol with the readers FHM, but the big question is can singer and actress J. Lo act? The answer is, yes, but only to the standards that are required of TV-movie starlets, and that's not enough to carry a cinema feature film. Angel Eyes is fairly watchable, with a few scenes that are good enough to maintain the interest of your average (undemanding) viewer, but it lacks the level of dramatic impact that's necessary for any sort of unreserved recommendation. The leads have competent support from Braga and Knight (playing mother roles) but the film's overly moralistic tone regarding decisive acts of social responsibility is off-putting. Its issues about do-gooders' intervention in incidents of wife-beating, an absentee father, the black stereotyping of ghetto gangsters and even taking in a stray dog are more than likely to irritate weekend video renters.
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