Now although the recession aspect of this film hits close to home these days, I’m afraid the “ballsy” proposition is significantly less shocking. Sadly, monogamy, morals and values just ain’t what they used to be. And though they say money can’t buy you love, I’m more than willing to bet the seduction game’s pretty easy for “well aged” billionaire bachelors these days. What essentially makes this film work are the “extremely human” characters. This flick is an emotionally driven tale of love and morality. Demi and Woody make a flawless couple, with a dreamy, heartwarming relationship that sets the overall tone of this movie. Redford’s typical “rich dude who believes anyone can be bought” bit is cool, but what’s even cooler is the ending, when you find out he’s a true gentlemen at heart.
Moore’s beauty and obvious sex appeal are the key to this film, and she does a magnificent job of becoming the forbidden object of desire. I still think Moore’s smoking hot today (did you see her in MR. BROOKS?), but here in her prime? Well, forget PRETTY WOMAN, Demi Moore beats Julia Roberts any day of the week and twice on Sunday (GOD was I ever happy when she did STRIPTEASE). What makes me sad though, is that after seeing this film, I have no doubt there’s many a couple who go to Vegas LOOKING for this kind of deal. And probably find it.
Sure, a million bucks isn’t what it was sixteen years ago, but it’s still a pretty big chunk of change. INDECENT PROPOSAL is definitely a test of one’s scruples, and if nothing else serves as an interesting (and potentially dangerous) conversation piece over drinks. This was a grade A cast, dramatic script, and another great hit for Director Adrian Lyne (FATAL ATTRACTION, JACOB’S LADDER). The Blu ray treatment isn’t so hot, and there’s not much replay value here once the cat’s outta the bag, but either way, this is definitely “MUST SEE” territory (you also may want to check out CONSENTING ADULTS with Kevin Kline for a similar story revolving around a murder instead of a wad of cash).
Extra Tidbit: I’m gonna have to side with the lawyer here. Upon FIRST consuming enough booze to kill a horse, I’D have even slept with the guy for a million bucks! I can keep a secret if he can.