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“I’m so old fashioned I greet my subordinates with a handshake!” [Susan Sanders]
on 12 April 2016
In this 1994 semi-erotic thriller Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) is happily married and the successful head of manufacturing, but the company is about to merge with a larger one and he discovers his expected post has gone to Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore), a former girlfriend who is having an affair with the company president. Meredith soon flirts with Tom, but although initially aroused Tom resists her further advances so Meredith screams a threat to make him pay for spurning her.
Although the film explores the politics and intrigue within an office environment, the main focus is the issue of sexual harassment and the ease with which such allegations can be made. It also illustrates how such claims can destroy one's career based on gender alone and whether a double standard exists depending whether such allegations are levied by men or women.
My single disc went straight into the main film although the main menu popped up after the film ended, offering jump to a scene, cast, production notes, film flash and languages. With adult topics and language, this is an 18 rating, but it’s about drama, not gratuitous nudity, for there is none here, relying on a good script, plot twists and acting to get along. This tense thriller manages to mix legal issues, blackmail, suspense and gender role reversal into a powerful mix of domestic versus legal drama and you always feel there is another plot at work at the back of this as it moves along. There are some implausible scenes that should never have happened but this is still a great late night drama.