Film: Indecent Proposal

"What would you do if someone offered you one million dollars to sleep with your wife?"
— The movie's Tagline

Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, Flashdance), and starring Demi Moore, Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson.

David and Diana Murphy (Harrelson and Moore) are a happy yuppie couple of childhood sweethearts involved in the real estate industry who run into financial trouble when the said industry undergoes downturn. They embark on a trip to Las Vegas to try and win it big, but lose everything. Just when all hope seems lost, the two encounter billionaire John Gage (Redford). Gage is attracted to Diana and thus offers the couple a proposition; he will give them one million dollars if he can spend one night with her. After much terse debate, they decide to accept, assuming it will be just sex and that they'll be able to forget about it. However, after the deed is done it turns out it isn't that easy to just pass up...


This film provides examples of:

  • Betty and Veronica: A Gender Flipped example: Diana (Archie), her husband David (Betty), and billionaire John (Veronica).
  • Break His Heart to Save Him/I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Realizing that Diana misses David and will never be truly happy with him, Gage lies to her and tells her that she was just one of many "million dollar girls". She realizes that he's doing this to make it easy for her to leave but doesn't let on.
  • Double Standard: Gage's continued pursuit of Diana following their night together (something that was contractually agreed on to be one night and no more)—showing up at her job uninvited and unannounced, manipulating situations to bring them together—is presented as adorable and playful, despite the fact that she's clearly not interested and finds his behavior upsetting. When she gets fed up and shows up at his workplace uninvited and unannounced to tell him off and demand that he leave her alone, her behavior is presented as alarming and disruptive even though she has every right to be angry with him. So a woman acting like a crazy stalker is. . .a crazy stalker. A man acting like a crazy stalker is in love.
  • Cuckold: A couple desperate for money agree for the wife to have sex with a billionaire, and the experience tears the two of them apart. She winds up temporarily living, and having a sexual relationship with, the billionaire, and he is portrayed as an overall better man than her husband in most ways.
  • Heroic BSOD/My God, What Have I Done?: David experiences the first trope shortly after leaving Diana in Gage' s hotel room and the second one when he's too late to stop her from leaving with him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: It's implied that Gage was quite the womanizer, but falls for Diana precisely because she isn't impressed by his wealth—indeed, she's quite offended by his "money for sex" offer and blasts him for thinking that she or her affection is something that he can buy.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Gage.
  • Millionaire Playboy: Gage, again, though it's "billionaire, rather..
  • Money Fetish: Diana rolls around in the couple's casino winnings on their hotel bed.
  • Questionable Consent: Diana and David only even consider the offer from Gage because they're broke. By the time she goes to Gage's yacht, it's only after a contract has been hammered out. Gage ups the ante by flipping a coin and telling her that if she wins, he'll void the deal. He wins and . . .cue Sexy Discretion Shot. At the end, it's revealed that Gage's coin is double-sided. So aside from the fact that she would never have even considered sleeping with him in the first place were it not for the money, both the contract and the coin toss leave her feeling obligated to do this.
  • Race for Your Love: David races back to Gage' s penthouse to stop the liaison from happening, but he's too late as she's already been whisked away to his yacht.
  • Rejection Affection: Gage continues pursuing Diana even though she clearly finds his behavior upsetting, even flat-out telling him "I hate you" at one point. He completely dismisses this much as he's dismissed all her other rejections, telling her, "You wish you hated me." and trying to kiss her even as she's pulling away.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: The basis of the plot.

Obviously, I'd sleep with her.