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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Way over the top...

Author: Paul A. Cook (
22 October 2001

Come on! This movie is just hilarious.

As Jim Carrey would say....."was that Over the Top?....I can never tell".

What really got to me, was the scene were Woody goes into the betting hall, and he sees a thousand visions of Demi Moore, getting "ridden" by Robert Redford.....TOO MUCH.

I also LOVED the scene, when the dirty deed had been done, and she meets Woody back in the hotel suite, and he seemingly tries to "wipe off" Robert Redford from her lips.....TRULY HILARIOUS.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

That proposal as a concept is more interesting than the movie

Author: Shaolin_Apu from Seinäjoki, Finland
26 May 2007

"Lend your wife for one night and take a million in return? Does it sound fair?" I'm sure people will talk more about the proposal itself than the feature film, and that does not really make a favor to the film. This only leads to a conclusion that the film should have been better, and it should perhaps have taught us something more. The couple in the film do consider the proposal, for approving this deal would remove their acute need of money, but neither of the couple doesn't really look too smart to make the best decision.

It looks interesting in the beginning but then it does, really nothing. Demi Moore looks gorgeous at least but the point also is lost too quickly, perhaps it is because Robert Redford looks better than the husband who's only angry all the time and doesn't even dress well. 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.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Appalling, exploitative trash

Author: Andrew Gareth Billings from Cardiff, Wales
6 March 2000

All those who believe Edward Wood to be the worst film director of all time really ought to consider the career of Adrian Lyne after seeing this. As a psychological drama, it is dreadfully limp - I felt I knew nothing about the characters after seeing it. The high concept is all - it could have been an interesting idea, but in Lyne's hands, any moral issues are ultimately brushed aside in a brutally unconvincing attempt at a weepie. Visually, it's all television commercial stuff - empty gloss signifying nothing. At the end, I felt cheated, manipulated and dirty for sitting through this cheap and nasty rubbish.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The worst movie i've ever watched!!

Author: gipsytony3 from Palestine
20 January 2008

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Its is a time-wasting movie with no value ... Millionaires are assholes and this movie pictures the millionaire as a man with a heart .. Millionaires are animals .. they do not have hearts . they think they can buy everything with their money, even happiness and love and this is exactly where this movie tries in a disgusting way to prove them right .. Even her return to her man at the end comes after the millionaire's blessing :-) .. i mean nth in the entire movie happened against the millionaire's wish .. he got what he wanted whenever he wanted and even left away whenever he chooses, even love and happiness .. which is untrue and doesn't reflect any reality .. I BET U CAN FIND A HAPPY MILLIONAIRE .. SUCH A MAN DOESN'T EXIST .. THESE PEOPLE ARE MISERABLE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T EXPERIENCE LOVE OR HAPPINESS ..

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

General Hospital is better than this

Author: gigotu from Dallas
29 April 2006

Demi Moore proves once again that she cannot act her way out of a pretty paper bag. It was painful to watch her try to be serious in this movie. Woody Harrelson does a bit more credible job of delivering sappy, unintentionally funny lines with a straight face, but there's not much he could have done with lines that seemed like rejects from a daytime soap opera.

The saddest thing about this movie, however, is that the once true film star in the group, Robert Redford, was reduced to accepting such a ridiculous role. 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 most satisfying aspect of watching this movie was the fact that I didn't waste a dime to see it - just a little time.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Film that had couples asking the ? would you?

Author: goya-4 from PA USA
28 April 2001

Demi and Woody play a struggling married couple who go to Las Vegas on a gambling run and meet up with rich guy Redford who is so smitten with Demi(??) that he offers her $1 million for a night with her. Of course, the couple fights about it and the decision made doesn't help either.

A good movie, but nothing special. 6 of 10

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Very Romantic.....Very Touching

Author: Rami Ghorab (Don Juan-3) from Cairo, Egypt
23 August 1999

Indecent proposal, is not an ordinary story about two lovers who face some problems in their life, but it reflects how deep love can make the young couple (Demi Moore & Woody Harrelson) overcome any obstacle in their life.

And we are not just talking about any ordinary obstacle here, we are talking about a millionaire (Robert Redford) that takes advantage of the couple's money problem and offers Woody Harrelson a million dollars if he lets him spend one night with his wife.

What will happen next....................!!!!! This movie is one you should never miss, go ahead and rent it now.

I like this movie very very much, and I just couldn't stop my tears from running down at the final scene of the movie.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Uninspirationally melodramatic

Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom
15 October 2012

During a bust economy a loving married couple Diana (Demi Moore) and David Murphy (Woody Harrelson) risk foreclosure on their house after troubles with their well-paid jobs respectively as a realtor and an architect. In a leap of faith they decide to attempt recapturing their fortune in Vegas. After a successful night they find themselves up $25,000, half-way there, but then recklessly lose all their hard gambled money. On the floor wealthy billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) becomes enticed with the stunningly beautiful Diana, soon asking her to act as his good luck charm. After a successful gamble Diana decides to pay for a suite at the hotel and invite the pair to a posh party. Over a lazily uninhibiting game of pool Diana haplessly states that people can't be bought. Gage decides to put the theory to test by proposing 1 million dollars for a night with her...

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. Not quite Golden Raspberry worthy "An Indecent Proposal" signifies a massive drop-off from Adrian Lyne after a surrealistically unnerving "Jacob's Ladder". 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. 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. Instead of a corruptively divisive thriller we somehow end up with a cheesily uplifting morality tale about all-conquering love. Truly an indecent proposal to any self-respecting movie fan...

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Glossy But Empty

Author: JohnHowardReid
10 October 2012

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A glossy soap opera, complete with an unconvincing storyline, slick direction and actors who -- with one exception -- are obviously mimicking whatever incompetent instructions the director is throwing at them. By far the worst is Woody Harrelson. Admittedly, what his character is forced to do and say is stupid, illogical and downright ridiculous. But a really good actor, finding himself cast in this unbelievable shell of a role, would do something. Barrymore, for example, would really send it up; Mason would play it really tongue-in-cheek; Cooper would act against the role and deliver his lines frozen-faced. But Harrrelson does zilch. He acts it out as if the author was William Shakespeare, totally ignoring the fact that his character is always inconsistent, often motiveless, and sometimes absolutely ridiculous. Demi Moore does a little bit better, particularly when she gets away from the incompetent Harrelson, and is partnered by a real actor in Robert Redford. In fact, Redford is the only reason anyone would bother to see this movie. He brightens every scene in which he appears. And when he's forced to say something stupid, he smacks it across with a twinkle in his eye. That's what acting is all about -- not emoting like mad and running off at the mouth!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Certainly Flawed but the Cast is Perfect

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
28 September 2012

Indecent Proposal (1993)

*** (out of 4)

A married couple (Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore) hit a string of bad luck and are about to lose their home so they decide to go to Vegas and win some money. They end up losing everything they own when a billionaire playboy (Robert Redford) offers them a million dollars for a night with the wife. When this film was first released I was rather hit and miss on it but I think time has been extremely kind to it and looking back on it you can't help but say the actually concept was one of the best of its time and there's no question we have three terrific performances. The concept of selling yourself for a million dollars is perfectly executed and I thought the filmmakers did a terrific job at nailing all the important parts of this. 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. The problem is the second portion or the final act if you will. I'm not going to spoil anything but it really did seem like the writers got this great idea but didn't know where it should go or finish. 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. It certainly doesn't help that the Harrelson character basically sits around, alone in the house and doing nothing for the entire second portion. With that said, there's no doubt that the fire hour is so great that it's easy to recommend the film. Another great thing are the three lead performances. Redford clearly steals the show as the playboy and he plays it in such a calm, cool fashion that you can't help but like the guy even if you might not agree with what he's doing. Moore is also extremely good here and especially during the sequences where everything starts to fall apart. The desperation she brings the character was delivered very well by the actress. Harrelson is also good in the role of the husband but one wishes they had given him more to do in the second half of the picture. 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. While the film is far from perfect, the performances and general story are good enough to make it worth viewing.

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