Indecent Proposal

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

David and Diana Murphy (Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore) have a wonderful marriage and successful careers. Then comes the recession. In danger of losing their house and down to their last $5000, the Murphys go to Las Vegas to try to win $50,000. At the casino they meet billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford), who takes a fancy to Diana. Gage offers them one million dollars if Diana will spend one night with him. At first they are repulsed. But, faced with their bad luck in the casinos, they reluctantly accept, rationalizing away the emotional cost in favor of financial security. Diana spends her night with Gage on his yacht, while David spends a sleepless night in remorse. They return to Santa Monica to find that the bank already has sold their land. Despite their bond to forget what happened, David needs to know the details - his imagination and fears of inadequacy are tearing him apart. Their conflict causes them to separate. Gage begins to court Diana, and she starts to fall for him. David sinks into the depths of depression and drinking. When David is served divorce papers he mounts one last fight for the woman he loves. Interesting and well-acted, INDECENT PROPOSAL asks the question, "Can money buy love?" providing the darker side of the farcical comedy HONEYMOON IN VEGAS.

It's a pity the film resorts to gratuitous sex, nudity and offensive language to titillate the audience. David and Diana make a major mistake and pay dearly for it. The highlight of the film is David's line "the thing that keeps people together is not because they can forget; it's because they can forgive." INDECENT PROPOSAL also illustrates the shallowness of lust and the false security money offers. A long opening montage shows scenes from David and Diana's marriage as evidence of their loving relationship. Despite that attempt to convince the audience of their love, however, the film includes two explicit sex scenes of Diana and John. Two other scenes also contain breast nudity. Objectionable language is punctuated by six f-words and five s-words. Without the gratuitous sex, nudity and obscenities, this could have been recommendable.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
Paramount Communications, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 2; Moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (14) times (f-word 6; s-word 5; Others 3)

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 1 (GD); Exclamatory 2

Violence: None

Sex: Twice, both explicit with breast nudity

Nudity: Few (4) times - Female breast nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drunkenness depicted negatively

Other: None

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