The Horror Honeys: 'Disclosure': Sex is Power... & Gross the Way Michael Douglas Does It.

'Disclosure': Sex is Power... & Gross the Way Michael Douglas Does It.

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

Disclosure (1994)

If it wasn't made clear by today's earlier review, I don't like Michael Douglas. But you know who I do like? Barry Levinson. Diner, The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Avalon, Bugsy, Toys, Sleepers, Wag the Dog, Liberty Heights, The Bay... I had never seen a movie directed by Barry Levinson that I didn't love. Literally. Not one.

Until now.

Was it my distaste for Michael Douglas? Was it my irritation that the 90s version of "equal rights" was pretending that female on male sexual harassment in the workplace was remotely as prevalent as male on female (according to the EEOC, 9% of cases filed in 1994 were done so by men. Nine.)? Perhaps it's that Disclosure is hardly a film about sexual harassment at all, but actually a rather lame corporate espionage movie? 

In fact, you horny little strumpets, it is a combination of all of these things, paired with one of the most awkward sex scenes in erotic thriller history. So join me for Disclosure, a movie that makes me think Barry Levinson lost a bet with Michael Crichton in 1994.

The Story: Tom Sanders (Douglas) is a hard-working family man who adores his wife and kids and would never do anything gross like cheat on his wife (because when was Michael Douglas EVER anything else?). Tom works for a computer company doing 90s computer connectivity stuff, and he's up for a big promotion. Except that promotion goes to his former girlfriend, Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore), the BITCH! Of course, Meredith has only gotten to the top of the corporate ladder by being sneaky, because woman, and she decides to take Tom out by giving him a blowjob against his will, then filing sexual harassment charges against him. But Tom won't go down without a fight and reverse charges harassment. What follows is a few minutes of mediation, some espionage, some Bond villain stupidity, and then random 90s CGI via virtual reality, at which point I was totally checked out.

Come on, Demi. You're better than that.
Now, when a film's tagline is "sex is power," you know it's supposed to be an erotic thriller, but in all honesty, I wouldn't have been sure otherwise. Disclosure has one awful, awkward sex scene in which Michael Douglas and Demi Moore engage in some tremendously gross foreplay, in which I couldn't help but wonder how I was supposed to believe that Demi Moore would ever had dated Michael Douglas. Paul Attanasio's script then spends over two hours flip-flopping over whether or not it believes men are able to be raped and whether it truly believes a woman can be a predator. These are interesting questions, for sure, but the best (worst) part of Disclosure is that it just doesn't bother answering them.

So... you were mauled by a tiger? What is that supposed to be?
At about the half way point, it becomes clear that Disclosure has no intention of answering any hard questions, or making any statement about the complexities of power or sexual dynamics or modern gender roles. Because just when you think the movie is about to, blissfully, end, it tacks on another forty minutes of ham-fisted mystery meant to imply Miranda's actions were just an attempt to distract everyone while she fussed around with files or something to hide her own ineptitude... because woman. 

He's pointing. You know he means it.
Disclosure is 90s in the worst way: it felt like it should have been an interesting meditation on the changing face of power in the workplace but instead it just... sucked. Why, Barry? Why?

Throughout Erotic Thriller month, we are going to be working on a far more stringent rating scale than usual. That means that if I REALLY like a film, it will probably get a three star rating. If I love a film, four stars. If I want to take a movie behind the middle school and get it pregnant, that's a five star rating right there. So with that in mind, Disclosure gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 0 dropped panties out of 5

Disclosure is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play, & DVD

Am I the only one who hates Michael Douglas?
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