Kim Basinger plays a divorced art gallery assistant who finds herself drawn into an obsessive sexual relationship with a compelling Wall Street broker (Mickey Rourke). At first the relationship is stimulating and exciting, but as their sex games become increasingly perverse she begins to fear for her sanity. Directed by Adrian Lyne ('Indecent Proposal', 'Fatal Attraction').
Frequently given short shrift as soft porn (which it is) and as mindless (which it isn't), director Adrian Lyne's follow-up to Flashdance (insert own joke here) is a thoughtful, smutty film about a bad sexual relationship. It follows the two-month affair between Elizabeth, an art-gallery dealer, and John, a Wall Street executive. The relationship spirals downward into raunchier sex (filmed, by the way, quite nicely) but principally is about two adults doing adult things but not acting anything like real adults. Attempts at actual human connection, about the longing to be "good", are present here and make this an above-average erotic film. Rourke is just honing his scumbag, bad-boy persona; but it doesn't overwhelm. At least there's lots and lots of Kim Basinger. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com