Consenting Adults

Consenting Adults

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Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Alan J. Pakula, Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey

     
 

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Composer Richard Parker (Kevin Kline) and his wife Priscilla (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) live an ordinary suburban life until they meet their new neighbors Eddy (Kevin Spacey) and Kay (Rebecca Miller). The two couples become friends until some mate-swapping is suggested by the men. The plot takes a nasty turn, however, when Richard sleeps with Kay -- who turns up,… See more details below

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Composer Richard Parker (Kevin Kline) and his wife Priscilla (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) live an ordinary suburban life until they meet their new neighbors Eddy (Kevin Spacey) and Kay (Rebecca Miller). The two couples become friends until some mate-swapping is suggested by the men. The plot takes a nasty turn, however, when Richard sleeps with Kay -- who turns up, the next morning, bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat. Soon, Richard is charged with the crime and must prove his innocence.

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At what point does a preposterous film become preposterous? In Consenting Adults, is it when Kevin Spacey drives his motorcycle out of the moving van and into his garage, demonstrating to his new neighbors just what a wild card he is? Is it when the film's husbands agree to swap wives secretly in the middle of the night, believing the women will be too sleepy to recognize they're having intercourse with an impostor? (Which, one might add, removes a bit of the "consent" from the title). Or does the total descent into idiocy wait until the final showdown, in which Spacey inexplicably brandishes an Uzi submachine gun as "self defense"? However it's sliced, Alan J. Pakula's Consenting Adults, a thriller about dysfunctional marriages, is pretty dysfunctional itself. The best thing going for it is that it starts out at least resembling the structure of other thrillers, approaching plausibility now and again. But its central portion -- sometime after this ill-fated nighttime switcheroo -- is rife with red herrings, leaps in logic, and shoddy camerawork. If the viewer can't determine who's in on the scam and who isn't, that should be because the narrative establishes an air of mystery about the characters -- not because the execution is incompetent. Even if Consenting Adults wasn't fatally flawed as a production, its essential gender politics should give a thinking person pause, as the film's women are grossly mishandled by their men. That's fine if that's the filmmaker's message, but the weakness of the female characters seems more a careless accident than a device intended to expose male ugliness.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
UPC:
0683904630278
Original Release:
1992
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Alixe Gordin Actor
Annie Sprinkle Actor
Veronica Vera Actor
Meredith Brasher Actor
Billie Neal Annie Duttonville
Benjamin Hendrickson Jimmy Schwartz
Lonnie Smith Dr. Pettering
Jerry Campbell Prison Guard
Ginny Parker Martha
Judson Vaughn Max Roth
Bruce Evers Maxie
Suzanne Stewart Mrs. Watkins
L. Warren Young Musician in Blues Connection
Edward Seamon Hotel Desk Clerk
Tommy Cresswell Charleston Detective
Mark Wood Christmas Caroler
Michelle Smith Christmas Caroler
Ed Grady Mr. Watkins
Janette Lane Bradbury Dry Cleaner Lady
Robert C. Treveiler Charleston Deputy

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Producer
Pieter Jan Brugge Executive Producer
Matthew Chapman Screenwriter
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Katie Jacobs Co-producer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Joe Mulherin Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam O'Steen Editor
David Permut Producer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer

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