The Films of Adrian Lyne
Nine 1/2 Weeks
Indecent Proposal (February 26/14)
Indecent Proposal follows financially-strapped couple David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana (Demi Moore) as they're approached by a flashy billionaire (Robert Redford's John Gage) and offered a million dollars if Diana spends one night with the man, with the movie subsequently detailing the ramifications of the pair's decision to go through with the salacious deal. Filmmaker Adrian Lyne has infused Indecent Proposal with a flashy, far-from-subtle sensibility that captures the viewer's interest right from the get-go, with the irresistible nature of the movie's glossy and soap-opera-like atmosphere paving the way for a first half that's rife with engrossing sequences (eg Gage brazenly makes his offer to David and Diana). It doesn't hurt, either, that Harrelson and Moore share a palpable chemistry together that's heightened by their solid work here, while Redford delivers as charismatic and magnetic a performance as one might've expected (and hoped for). Indecent Proposal's compulsively watchable feel persists right up until Diana returns from her getaway with Redford's slick character, with the movie, past that point, adopting an increasingly melodramatic vibe that's compounded by a surplus of padded-out, needless sequences (ie the film's 117 minute running time is clearly a good half hour longer than necessary). It's subsequently difficult to work up much enthusiasm for the love triangle that dominates the picture's final third, with the all-too-convenient, cop-out ending certainly not doing the movie any favors and ultimately confirming Indecent Proposal's place as a passable endeavor that's hindered by a thoroughly underwhelming second half.