Indecent Proposal

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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'90s romantic drama has some explicit sex, profanity.
  • R
  • 1993
  • 117 minutes

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Positive Messages

Relationships don't last because people are meant to be together or because feelings for one another will never change; they last because each is willing and able to forgive the other when they make mistakes or when things go wrong.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Diana and Dave are too emotionally immature to be particularly good role models. When things get difficult financially, they try to solve their problems by going to Las Vegas and winning big at craps and roulette. They succumb to the temptation of easy money and destroy everything they've built together. John Gage is somehow likable in spite of his questionable morality; he uses his money and power to manipulate people and get what he wants but doesn't want to truly force anything and behaves nobly when things don't go his way.

Violence

A slap on the face; someone's hit on the head once; people throw and break things in anger.

Sex

A few early sex scenes between married adults show kissing, caressing, undressing, and simulated sex. Both characters have their underwear on so no body parts are seen, but there are a few close-ups of the man's genitals in underwear. A woman's bare breast is seen twice. A woman puts a man's hand on her breast under her shirt. Infidelity and sex without love are major themes.

Language

"F--king," "p---y," "s--tting," "slut," "poon hound," "bulls---t," "ass."

Consumerism

The former Las Vegas Hilton is featured prominently. A Pepsi can is partly obscured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink wine with meals or socially. Background casino action shows cocktail service. Drunken behavior leads to a confrontation and passing out. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Indecent Proposal is a '90s romantic drama with strong sexual themes. The few explicit sex scenes are between a married couple, and they're shown with underwear on. A woman's bare breast is seen twice, and a few quick close-ups of a man's genitals through underwear are seen. Profanity is infrequent but strong, including "f--king," and "s--tting." Drunken behavior leads to a confrontation and passing out. Best for mature teens, not only because of the sex scenes but also because the real focus is the effects of mistakes and regrets on a relationship, even fairy tale ones that were meant to last forever.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byWarnerParamountFox13 January 11, 2018

A love so BEAUTIFUL

This movie is so bittersweet, it's one of my favorites.

What's the story?

Dave (Woody Harrelson) and Diana (Demi Moore) have been crazy in love since high school. They married young, each sure that nothing could ever change the way they felt about each other. But things start to fall apart when they fall on hard times. Along comes a mysterious billionaire (Robert Redford), who offers the couple $1 million to spend one night alone with Diana. Completely broke and in danger of losing their house, Dave and Diana succumb to temptation and accept the deal. But their decision changes their relationship in ways they never imagined. Is it true money can't buy love?

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sex scenes in movies. When are they gratuitous, and when do they add to the story or characters? Were the sex scenes in this movie gratuitous?

  • Is there anything you would, or would never, do for a million dollars?

  • Dave says that people stay together because they learn to forgive. Do you agree? Why does Diana need forgiveness for something they both agreed to? Does she need to forgive him for anything?

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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