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Indecent Proposal

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'90s romantic drama has some explicit sex, profanity.

Movie R 1993 117 minutes
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This racy romantic drama is a bit dated but still holds some appeal. It's easy to see why INDECENT PROPOSAL was a huge sensation when it was released in 1993: Demi Moore was then one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses at the top of her game, and Woody Harrelson was coming out of his long stint as the dim-witted sidekick on one of TV's most popular sitcoms, Cheers. A generous sprinkling of Robert Redford's charm, a titillating premise, and a few strong sex scenes guaranteed box office success.

But in fact it's actually a thoughtful study of a relationship, from the giddy days of young love through financial woes and emotional betrayal. The adapted screenplay has occasional lapses but takes the viewer in a surprising direction. The actors all demonstrate their charisma in spades, although none truly embodies his or her part. Teen interest may be piqued by the sexy premise, but it'll be best handled and appreciated by those mature enough to handle the strong sex scenes, to recognize Dave and Diana's immaturity, and to be entertained by a movie that asks a lot of questions about how long-term relationships can survive and, of course, about what exactly money can buy.

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