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Consenting Adults is a 1992 American mystery crime-thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula, and stars Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey and Rebecca Miller. The original music score was composed by Michael Small. The film's tagline is: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife."[1][2][3][4][5] The movie was adapted in Hindi as Ajnabee.

Consenting Adults
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlan J. Pakula
Produced byAlan J. Pakula
David Permut
Written byMatthew Chapman
Music byMichael Small
CinematographyStephen Goldblatt
Edited bySam O'Steen
Distributed byHollywood Pictures
Release date
  • October 16, 1992 (1992-10-16)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million
Box office$21,591,800



Composer Richard Parker and his wife Priscilla live an ordinary suburban life until they meet their new neighbors Eddy and Kay Otis. The two couples became friends. Kay's talent for blues singing gets Richard's attention, and Eddy is attracted to Priscilla. It becomes clear that Eddy is a scam artist who fakes a neck injury after an auto accident for the insurance proceeds, the majority of which he offers to the Parkers as a gift. Eddy chastises Richard for not living dangerously, and suggests they swap mates for an evening.

The plot takes a nasty turn when Richard does sleep with Kay (supposedly without her realizing that he is not her husband) and Kay turns up bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat the next morning. Later, it is revealed that Eddy spent the night elsewhere in order to establish an airtight alibi. Richard's fingerprints are on the bat (the two couples having played a friendly game of softball earlier that day) and his semen is found in her body, so he is charged with the crime. Insult is added to injury as Priscilla disowns and divorces Richard due to his infidelity. Eddy soon becomes Priscilla's lover and a substitute father to Richard's daughter, Lori.

A distraught Richard finally finds a ray of hope when he discovers that Kay is alive, recognizing her voice singing in a radio talent show. With the help of private investigator David Duttonville, who was hired by the insurance company from which Eddy is attempting to collect a $1.5 million indemnity claim, Richard tracks her down and learns the truth of how he was betrayed. Kay is guilt-ridden over her part in it, but terrified at Eddy's threat to implicate her if she testifies. Eddy, anticipating what Richard intends to do next, murders Kay and slips away. Implicated in a second murder, Richard must now flee the scene as police sirens approach.

Priscilla discovers a forgotten plane ticket Eddy used on the night of the second murder. Now realizing Eddy's guilt, she worries over what to do about it. Richard performs a commando-style raid on Eddy's house, but Eddy, anticipating this move as well, reveals to Priscilla his plan to murder her and shoot Richard as a homicidal intruder. Working together, Richard and Priscilla eventually kill Eddy, using the original murder weapon, the baseball bat. Richard and Priscilla are later seen moving into a very secluded house with no neighbors visible for miles.


Actor Role
Kevin Kline Richard Parker
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Priscilla Parker
Kevin Spacey Eddy Otis
Rebecca Miller Kay Otis
Forest Whitaker David Duttonville (insurance adjuster)
E. G. Marshall George Gutton
Kimberly McCullough Lori Parker


The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert sharply disagreed on the movie: Siskel found it depressing, mean-spirited and lacking in well-developed characters; Ebert said it was a good thriller with very interesting characters and that "the entire movie is a comedy." [6]


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 16, 1992). "Reviews/Film; Meeting the Neighbors Is a Very Big Mistake". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Consenting Adults(1992)". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (October 30, 1992). "Consenting Adults (1992)". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Film Consenting Adults (1992)". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Consenting Adults - Movies Filmed in South Carolina - Internet Film ..." Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Pure Country/Frozen Assets/Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time/Consenting Adults/Reservoir Dogs". At the Movies. Season 7. Episode 6. October 24, 1992. ABC.

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