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  • Broken Base: Very much still, especially in the post #me-too era. Some see it as a necessary if Anvilicious statement regarding the double standard of sexual consent and that women in positions of power are just as capable of abusing their authority like their male counterparts, others thought it came across as particulary tone-deaf at a time when sexual harassment was just starting to get national attention and the vast majority of cases were brought up by women against their male co-workers (as is the case to this day).
    • The second-half twist, and what that does not only for the handling of the sexual harassment issue but for Demi Moore's character and motivations as well, has also proved immensely divisive.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tom's wife is horrified about the notion of having to move to Austin. TEXAS!!! Now of course Austin is considered one of the most progressive and cool cities in the world. It's also a major technology center.
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  • Narm: "She's in the system!" As cried by Michael Douglas' character. It's the complete Mood Whiplash of what was a cliched yet taut thriller into some odd sci-fi anti-feminist tract that does it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Sexual harassment isn't any more fun for men than it is for women, no matter how attractive the woman harassing them is.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Often accused of this. While the male rape double standard is worthy of examination, in context this was back when sexual harassment in the workplace was just getting media attention, and 90 percent of the time it was the male bosses taking advantage of their female employees, not the other way around. This makes the movie, and especially the novel, sound like it's vilifying sexually aggressive single women as potential rapists who sleep their way to the top, while the nonthreatening women who aren't sexual and have families all help the hero.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Seattle! Sexual Harassment! CD Roms! EMAIL!!! Wow the 90's were really something!
  • Values Resonance: The double standard regarding female-on-male harassment and the difficulties regarding the topic of sexual harassment as a whole continue to be relevant to this day.
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