Indecent Proposal (1993) - Drama, Romance

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A billionaire offers one million dollars to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 22 out of 128 found boring (17.18%)

One-line Reviews (84)

The film boasts very impressive performances from Demi Moore, Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson, who made the best out of this mediocre script, I think the scenes between Moore and Harrelson are the best, they are very intense and it is very believable that they are husband and wife.

She's in her beautiful prime, her physical prime, her sexual prime, her hot body in white underwear rolling around, laying on the bed surrounded by cash with Woody looking super intense prime, or at least on the very verge of it.

This can equate to the confusion or mysterious man behind the proposal who happened to be John Gage the billionaire.

Despite a relatively intriguing premise, and a good first half; this steamy nineties romance-come-thriller falls flat on it's face in the second half, turning what could have been a great expose of love and money into a turgid sentiment packed drama, with little care for keeping it's plot or characters consistent.

Long, boring, idiotic, and based on a non-issue (should a woman take a million dollars to sleep with Robert Redford?

One of the most entertaining morality plays .

It's very tiresome waiting for it, and it's tiresome to listen to discussions about it.

Visually, it's all television commercial stuff - empty gloss signifying nothing.

The story unfolds in a somewhat unpredictable manner and takes us through the struggles of money troubles and relationship conflicts with all three characters.

That apart, the film was actually very entertaining to watch.

Not a fan of any of these characters, even though I'm supposed to root for Harrelson and Moore (who looks stunning in this movie), and it just feels so trashy watching this thing.

The worst cliché that comes about is the last ten minutes of the movie, though, which inexplicably ditches two hours of characterization for the copout happy-ending-after-all that the Moral Majority and Lifetime crowds would appreciate.

Gripping, heartbreaking, entertaining and thought provoking, this offers a lot more than much of the 'fluff' produced today.

Throughout, the film impresses with mostly logical character actions; and this is what makes the film intriguing, but as soon as it loses that it ceases to be a film worth watching.

It was suspenseful that they wouldn't go into the details of that night.

Director Adrian Lyne (who hit gold with "Fatal Attraction" in 1987) tries to create another adult pot-boiler, but really this film is a major bore.

The tearing apart of the happy couple in Las vagas and the hollywood ending makes for a pretty entertaining night's viewing.

The film turns extremely predictable in the second half and it really turns into your typical Hollywood film, which is a shame because it could have been so much more.

The worst movie i've ever watched!.

An interesting premise for a lively dinner conversation due to formulaic plotting and a unbearably soapish love angle, turns into a cumbersomely dragging romantic snoozer with a mild level of tension build midway thanks more to the premise itself, then a sudden jump in quality.

This film was actually pretty good I thought - it kept me engaged and kept me wondering how the unpredictable plot would unfold at the end.

It could have addressed any or all of them and still be entertaining and a conversation starter.

INDECENT PROPOSAL, along with THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves) are two of the most entertaining morality plays out there.

Sappy and predictable .

I am shocked to hear this sort of thing, as if it was something banal, inevitable and to be expected.

Best Scene: There are many…One that comes to mind is Harrelson's character reflecting on the relationship with Moore as he sits alone in his empty apartment with his dog by his side.

Director Adrian Lyne does a very good job with the personal drama and emotions in the story and certainly helps keep it moving even during the predictable moments.

No substance, and what style there is is just pure schmaltz at its most trite.

Yeah maybe it's Hollywood trash but it's engaging Hollywood trash

The plot offers a moral message of the limits money can buy, and the old cliché that money really couldn't buy love.

I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Demi Moore, despite having a nice bod, was neither stunning nor intriguing enough for Redford to be so fixated on.

The writers turn the film into a ridiculously sappy flood of emotions and over-acting that can only end in the most predictable way.

I didn't think I'd like this movie at first, but it was surprisingly enjoyable.

The story unfolds in a somewhat unpredictable manner and takes us through the struggles of money troubles and relationship conflicts with all three characters.

This can equate to the confusion or mysterious man behind the proposal who happened to be John Gage the billionaire.

Its tense and dramatic at various points though fairly predictable and corny at others.

Diane was bored with David, why not let her ride the Robert Redford wave?

Quite annoying that he was benign and predictable.

He is also fascinating.

Up to the encounter with this character the film seemed fairly well-done,yet uninteresting.

Without doubt, the touchy theme makes this film worth watching.

My God is the film a cliche!!!

Lyne's direction becomes formulaic and contrived.

Mind-numbingly boring, utterly predictable and in the end simply laughable.

And I did watch and really enjoyed it - title notwithstanding.

People are saying that there's no message in the movie.

The script is so predictable you can say the characters' lines before they do.

Glossy But Empty .

David's whole idea on archaeology was very intriguing and was a cool little sub story to look upon.

It's not without entertainment on a superficial level, but this is generated more by how appallingly cliché the characters are than by any serious thematic exploration.

Unable to cope with the rife possibilities of the story, instead we venture into melodramatic twists, which lack conviction and can be deemed even remotely intriguing, plodding out a deeply unsatisfactory finale well in tune with the lowered bar set out prior.

The first hour of the movie is extremely good because you get to feel for these two characters and their journey and decision is something rather exciting to watch unfold.

There will not happen any great twists in the story, it only gets lame and then dies off before we see the sudden and a bit unexpected mellow ending.

It was predictable and annoying in its attempt to keep the plot going.

The story of the movie was indeed mind boggling, more so myself being from India.

The movie could have been so much more and other actors would have made a difference, but having said that on late night TV - it was enjoyable and I if you don't think too much - also palatable

The criticism I have read is rather empty.

It becomes rather pointless and dull.

It must have been strictly a money thing for him because, if he actually saw any artistic merit in playing this role, then he has truly been out in the sun way too long.

The male side of the spectrum is a rather bland role, and although Harrelson makes the best of it; there isn't a great deal of meat available.

Movie was pretty dang boring.

Indeed, his "Fatal Attraction" (1987) is one of the most horrifying and entertaining movies I've ever seen.

Despite this flaw, Indecent Proposal is worth watching because we step into the world of a happily married couple who assured themselves they would survive an unorthodox way to solve their problems.

The theme was intriguing - will they?

The plot requires intense and meaningful performances by all actors involved.

Gimmicky to the extreme, with little fault especially to Robert Redford in his charmingly ruthless persona, the pretentionality hits hard especially during contrived banal voice-over narrations by Moore and Harrelson.

It just was a little contrived and not at all natural anything between them.

There is a group of five movies, all within one or two degrees of separation from one another, that I consider the five worst movies ever made.

It has some very splendid bits of cinematography -- the bit where Harrelson's character is standing amidst a backdrop of TV screens, which suddenly in his mind's eye displays his wife, is very evocative.

The single worst movie I have ever seen .

A pretty engaging story with a moral message attached to it.

But overall, the movie has something we can all learn from and is, again, a pretty engaging story.

You could tell that the characters loved each other, which made it even harder to believe that Moore could fall for the dull rich guy.

Robert Redford plays the cliche calm and suave tycoon who gets what he wants including women.

It's engaging, it's interesting and it's moving!

Awful script, lousy acting, plodding pace, zero entertainment...

Even their stupid whining and moaning is compelling, in a bizarre way.

He depended on THEIR arrogance and scoffing at the fragile nature of human relationships and the invisible architecture of the human soul; knowing, like every man (and woman) with a secret plan for another human being, that that would bring about the predictable but unexpected chain of outer events.

This was the most pointless movie I have ever seen in my life.

Great set-up for a story that takes a slow spiral downward once the couple returns home (to a rather lovely cottage in Southern California).

However, the film just doesn't get under the skin of this idea enough, and once the actual proposal itself has been made, a thick layer of sickly sentiment overtakes any sleaze that the movie may have; taking the intriguing plot with it.

surprisingly enjoyable .

There is a great deal of flirtation and insinuation that is truly riveting and, at times, quite plausible.