Release Date: October 16, 1992
Starring: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth
Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey,
Rebecca Miller, E.G. Marshall,
& Forest Whitaker.
Genre: Psychological thriller
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures/Hollywood
Pictures Company (Disney
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Producer: Matthew Chapman
Writer: Pieter Jan Brugge
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(LL, VVV, SS, NN, A/D) 12 obscenities & 4 profanities (mostly exclamatory); four murders, two women clubbed to death (aftermath shown), man strangled, man whacked to death with baseball bat, fist fights, boxing match, car accident, blood & gore, & physical assault to face, chest, arms, and legs; pornographic bedroom scenes, adultery, voyeurism, & crude references to genitalia; complete female & male nudity (genitalia not visible), & nude bathing; smoking cigarettes, alcohol consumption & bar scenes; and, insurance fraud.
CONSENTING ADULTS is a perverse tale of "wife-swapping" turned deadly. A slightly sanitized variation on the BASIC INSTINCT motif, the movie focuses on murky sex scenes with beautiful women before they are whacked to death with a baseball bat. Further degrading this choppy film is a lack of focus, time lapses and plot inconsistencies.
CONSENTING ADULTS is a perverse tale of "wife-swapping" turned deadly. The movie depicts a flashy insurance salesman named Eddy who talks his neighbor, Richie, into "wife swapping" by switching beds in the middle of the night. It all turns out to be a set-up, entrapping Richie for murder.
CONSENTING ADULTS is a loser on all counts. Moral Americans will be repulsed by its sick vices, wife swapping and bashing, whereas whoremongers and horror fans will reject the movie as lame. The violence is mediocre slasher fare, yet will disturb those who don't attend many movies. Sex scenes are murky and very brief, although quite pornographic. Interestingly, movie ads and billboards for CONSENTING ADULTS spotlight a half-naked woman with the words of the tenth commandment: "Thou shall not covet your neighbor's wife." This use of Scripture is misleading, since the movie is more manipulation and deceit than a cautionary tale of adultery and covetiveness. It isn't even about casual sex without commitment so long as they're CONSENTING ADULTS since the wives aren't really aware of the swapping. Add to these flaws a lack of focus, time lapses and plot inconsistencies, and you have one choppy picture.