Consenting Adults

( 4 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Blu-ray (Wide Screen)
$5.61
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$6.99 List Price
Other sellers (Blu-ray)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $2.99   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 683904630278
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Source: Mill Creek Ent
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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
Annie Sprinkle
Veronica Vera
Meredith Brasher
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, 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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Outstanding for every reason

    Spacey, Kline, Whitaker and Mastrantonio are at their very best in a superbly written, directed, photographed, and edited thriller. Miller more than holds her own. This shamelessly underrated film will keep you locked in until the final credits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Consenting Adults

    Did I see the same movie? As I recall, Kline's character makes love to Spacey's wife. Later, when he has been out doing his morning run, he returns to find her brutally murdered. That makes the story so crazy and incredible. Kline's character has no idea what happened. He is filled with guilt, disappointment, and sorrow that he really doesn't know how bad he has been had.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Consenting Adults

    If you don't know the story line in advance, the twists and turns of this plot are totally unexpected. Kevin Spacey seems to be the super schemer who wants to help his buddies. Kevin Kline is the penultimate sucker, falling for Spacey's traps. The most enjouable part to me is when Kline plays a jazz sketch and Spacey's ''wife'' sings it. I would kill (almost) to get a copy of the soundtrack of ''Don't Put No Headstone on my Grave.''

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews