April 13, 1993 -- ``Indecent Proposal'' rolled into Laramie last week with a lot of fanfare and star power. It is a big, expensive-looking slick production, but doesn't really engage the viewer's emotions. Besides that, the name is gramatically incorrect. Technically, the name of the film should be "Indecent Proposition."
I guess this is Hollywood's current idea of a love story. It starts with a happily-married couple of Yuppies, played by Demmi Moore as a real estate agent and Woody Harrelson as an architect.
Moore and Harrelson get into deep financial trouble so they go to Las Vegas to try to win the money they need to get themselves out of trouble. Of course, they end up losing all of their money. Into the picture comes Robert Redford, playing the role of a lustful millionaire. He offers the couple $1 million for the privilege of spending a night with Moore. Moore and Harrelson accept the offer. She spends the night with Redford, who then pursues her, trying to get her to divorce Harrelson and marry him. Harrelson erupts with a bad case of jealousy, estranging his wife. She starts to see more of Redford.
The decision she has to make is to go back to the petulant, poor and self-destructive Harrelson, or marry the incredibly wealthy and handsome Redford who adores her. This is a tough decision?
There is an interesting plot twist at the end of the film, but over all, the film seems emotionally non-compelling. We don't see enough of Redford and when we do, he seems emotionally cool. Moore doesn't seem very passionate toward Redford, either. The early love scenes between Moore and Harrelson are more convincing, but even they don't set up the rest of the story all that well.
This is a story that might have worked 30 or 40 years ago. It requires a sense of morality which is more or less shared by the national audience. It can be argued that the nation has lost its collective sense of moral outrage over the notion of selling one's virtue for money. The sale price for virtue these days seems to be considerably less than $1 million. This non-compelling morality tale rates a C.
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