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Consenting Adults (1992)

During a joint dinner at the restaurant, the neighbors offer to exchange wives for one night. It was a joke, but only at first.


Alan J. Pakula


Matthew Chapman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Richard Parker
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Priscilla Parker
Kevin Spacey ... Eddy Otis
Rebecca Miller ... Kay Otis
Forest Whitaker ... David Duttonville
E.G. Marshall ... George Gordon
Kimberly McCullough ... Lori Parker
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Annie Duttonville
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Jimmy Schwartz
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Dr. Pettering (as Lonnie Smith)
Joe Mulherin Joe Mulherin ... Bo
Rick Hinkle Rick Hinkle ... Singer in Mahoney's Band
Artis Edwards Jr. Artis Edwards Jr. ... Atlanta Police Officer
Jerry Campbell Jerry Campbell ... Prison Guard
Ginny Parker Ginny Parker ... Martha


Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door. Eddy's a risk-taker and shows his new neighbours how to enjoy life at the expense of a rule or convention or two. What Richard doesn't realize is that Eddy's little games are just a prelude to something that's intended to destroy his neighbours' lives. Written by Rob Hartill

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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was the second film, on which Kevin Kline and Director Alan J. Pakula worked together. The first was Sophie's Choice (1982). See more »


[first lines]
Jimmy Schwartz: Richard. Hold it. Richard, what's the matter? I'm not selling those skis to my mother. Please, a more neon sound. Remember: to be free, to soar like an eagle, to slip the surly bonds of earth. Right? That's the feel.
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Remade as Ajnabee (2001) See more »


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Written by Herman Hupfeld
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Can we really pull for a protagonist who is such an incredible half wit?
23 January 2005 | by zacdawacSee all my reviews

Besides characters played by Moe Howard or Stan Laurel, it's hard to remember a leading man who was as amazingly stupid as Kevin Kline's Richard Parker. The thing is, neither Kevin the actor or Richard the character seem to know that Richard is stupid, and the people around him, including the film's director, don't know it either. You want to pull for Richard because of what's happening to him, but he just keeps reacting in such an inane way, and digging his hole so much deeper that it's hard to care.

As far as Kevin Spacey goes, didn't his SEVEN character present himself as less of a psycho, at least on the surface? Apparently, Priscilla isn't much smarter than her husband, and the local police don't have much more going on than either of them.

This climax tries hard to create the mood of suspense in PLAY MISTY FOR ME or FATAL ATTRACTION, but by that point, after ninety minutes of watching these annoying people create their own hellish situations, why would it matter? Of course, the villain is even more annoying than the would be heroes, so you probably won't want to root for him, either.

It's difficult to remember when any of the three leads played less charismatic characters. If this film had been made in 1945, I might have cast Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi and and a leading lady more inept and annoying than any that I can think of, off the top (Jean Stapleton wasn't working yet at that point, was she?). Better casting choices today might be George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Theresa Heinz Kerry. You can figure out who would play which character, based on everything I said.

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Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Consenting Adults See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,023,467, 18 October 1992

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