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Consenting Adults

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Consenting Adults

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey
director:
Alan J. Pakula
author:
Matthew Chapman
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D

Well, it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, someone had to make a trendy, erotic, dark-side-of-yuppie-life thriller in which the early, ”psychological” part — you know, when you’re actually supposed to believe what’s going on — manages to be every bit as stupid and predictable as the flat-footed finale. In Consenting Adults, Kevin Kline, as a complacent suburbanite, agrees to swap wives with his new neighbor (Kevin Spacey), a fellow so gross and disreputable I didn’t believe Kline would even want to have a beer with him. Aficionados of high kink shouldn’t get their hopes up: The sex scenes are synthetic and perfunctory, and the film devolves into a drably inept variation on Double Indemnity. This is the sort of cloddish thriller in which characters keep putting themselves in dangerous situations because…the movie requires them to be in dangerous situations. The one true surprise has nothing at all to do with the plot: It’s Kevin Spacey’s hair. Dyed a glittering blond, it sets off his smirky, come-hither mug with maximum perversity. D

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