“If you ever want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you, then it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never yours to begin with..” We all have read/heard this beautiful quote, most probably on social media. This quote is where the movie ‘Indecent Proposal’ starts. This movie may not have attractive ratings but its story-line is certainly interesting.
A rich businessman makes an offer of 1 million dollars to a young married couple for a night with the wife.
I sensed the potential of a good movie in this story and thus decided to watch this 25 years old movie. I am not thrilled after watching it but not disappointed either.
Good star cast is a strength of Indecent Proposal, Diana, the young wife is portrayed by Demi Moore, her husband David’s role is done by Woody Harrelson and Robert Redford is the rich businessman John Gage.
Movie begins with steamy romance between David and Diana, a couple deeply madly in love with each other. Honestly, the chemistry between Demi and Woody has been incredible, the way she looks at him.. (God bless such lovers..) But love is not enough, the couple soon finds themselves in financial problems and as the last resort tries their luck in gambling. Here, the real plot of the movie starts.
I won’t give away entire story but would certainly mention some notable dialogues ( for which I long, in every movie)
When John has his first sight on Diana, he immediately falls for her and makes a move by complimenting her on the dress she is trying and suggests her to buy it. She politely tells him that she can’t afford it. John senses his chance and offers her to buy it for her and even tells him that she has ‘earned’ it because he has enjoyed watching her.. ( How ridiculously inappropriate thing to say.. :O )
She refuses it and says sharply,
” The dress is for sale. I AM NOT “
This statement is a punch ( or a strong left hook probably ) to the mentality of rich men who thinks they can buy everything by sheer wealth.
But looks like, this was just the beginning of relentless pursuit of John for the woman he has set his eyes on.
He slowly makes his moves, get to know the couple and then they have discussion about the things money can buy. The couple insists that money can’t buy everything but John says it can, this conversation is worth watching so wont describe it all here. In the end, John puts forward his indecent proposal.
A night with Diana, for a million dollars..
The couple immediately refuses this offer but couldn’t get it off their head. John, like a master fisherman, has his bait on the hook and naive fishes like David and Diana think that they could have it without a throat cut. They accept the offer, thinking it is just for a night and their future will be secured forever.
They think they are INVINCIBLE (but were they ?). Ghosts of the dark night haunts them later and they succumb to them.
The director Adrian Lyne is extremely successful in unfolding the emotional turmoil between the couple. He makes sure that the billionaire John wont be seen as the villain in the movie. However, the decent couple who sold themselves for materialistic gains would be focus of the scrutiny.
Dialogues between Chauffeur, John and Diana in the climax is an excellent piece of screenwriting.
I really want you all to watch this movie so I am not going to spoil any good scene for you. But if somehow you decided not to watch, then too I don’t want you to miss on another beautiful quote which David says to Diana.
“I thought we were invincible. But now I know that the things that people in love do to each other, they remember. And if they stay together, it’s not because they forget. It’s because they forgive.”
Rough patches in the relationships are norm and this quote is like a lighthouse, for the lost ships. I hope you all would continue believing in your love. Diana and David believed they were invincible. Why shouldn’t we ?
Verdict :- By The Cinephile’s Review, ‘Indecent Proposal’ is Worth watching. Especially climax.
Rating :- 7/10
( This is my second movie review, first being Wonder Woman
If you find this review helpful and please subscribe to the blog and like our Facebook page, The Cinephile’s Review dedicated to movie reviews. )