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Consenting Adults

Consenting Adults
Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey and Rebecca Miller

Rated: R For graphic violence.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 16, 1992 Released by: Hollywood Pictures

Richard Parker (Kevin Kline) and his wife Priscilla (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) on the surface have it all, a beautiful home, a successful business and a talented daughter. When Eddy and Kay Otis (Kevin Spacey and Rebecca Miller) move in next door, the Parkers begin to believe there isn't enough excitement in their lives and become seduced by the fast life of the Otis'.

This is a great cast. Kevin Kline has shown remarkable range in his performances as has Mastrantonio, and Spacey has the ability to play an off-center, dangerous character better than anyone. Despite the cast, Consenting Adults fails from a script that turns too far from the logical actions which the characters, as defined, would take.

Parker, an average man with reasonable intelligence, does not act with the qualities of that character. When asked what is the most important quality in a lasting marriage, he replies "trust", and yet when his neighbor proposes swapping wives, he refuses to tell his wife what is on his mind. When with a witness who can clear him of charges, he leaves her alone when she is in obvious danger. He is most out of character when he enters into an insurance fraud with his neighbor for $25,000 which he really doesn't need.

Overall, despite good performances, the script is not one which can be believed and so the film fails due to writer Matthew Chapman.

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Consenting Adults  D                        D 

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