With its timely theme of domestic violence, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY is both contemporary fairy tale and Hollywood hokum of the highest grade, its sturdy prototype the "woman's picture" of the 40s and 50s. A perfect young beauty named Laura (Julia Roberts) lives with her perfect businessman
husband Martin Burney (Patrick Bergin) in their perfect high-tech home by the sea. Laura dutifully conforms to her husband's lifestyle, which is excruciatingly controlled and formal. He also beats her up periodically--a tasteful sadist. The high-tech home begins to resemble a prison tower and the
handsome businessman an evil wizard. Laura, with her trailing red tresses, devises a...