Consenting Adults Well, it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, someone had to make a trendy, erotic, dark-side-of-yuppie-life thriller in which the early, "psychological" part —… Consenting Adults Well, it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, someone had to make a trendy, erotic, dark-side-of-yuppie-life thriller in which the early, "psychological" part —… R PT95M Drama Mystery and Thriller Kevin Kline Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Kevin Spacey
Movie Review

Consenting Adults (1992)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D

Details Rated: R; Length: 95 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Kevin Spacey

Well, it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, someone had to make a trendy, erotic, dark-side-of-yuppie-life thriller in which the early, ''psychological'' part — you know, when you're actually supposed to believe what's going on — manages to be every bit as stupid and predictable as the flat-footed finale. In Consenting Adults, Kevin Kline, as a complacent suburbanite, agrees to swap wives with his new neighbor (Kevin Spacey), a fellow so gross and disreputable I didn't believe Kline would even want to have a beer with him. Aficionados of high kink shouldn't get their hopes up: The sex scenes are synthetic and perfunctory, and the film devolves into a drably inept variation on Double Indemnity. This is the sort of cloddish thriller in which characters keep putting themselves in dangerous situations because...the movie requires them to be in dangerous situations. The one true surprise has nothing at all to do with the plot: It's Kevin Spacey's hair. Dyed a glittering blond, it sets off his smirky, come-hither mug with maximum perversity. D

Originally posted Oct 30, 1992 Published in issue #142 Oct 30, 1992 Order article reprints