Inspired by INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993), this made-for-video film reverses things by having the husband of a financially troubled couple be the one who is offered money to spend the night with a beautiful woman. An attractive cast, good production values, and able direction by former Orson
Welles sidekick Gary Graver make this one of the better efforts of its kind.
Hungry for money after a movie deal falls through at the last minute, aspiring screenwriter Jed (Tim Abell) and his wife Sally (Gabriella Hall) bet $30,000 they don't have on a fixed horse race their friend Chick (Richard Gabai) tells them about. When this "sure thing" loses, Jed and Sally hock
their wedding rings and try to raise the money by gambling. Sherry Landis (Tane McClure), a mysterious beauty who has been observing them, gives them the use of one of her hotel suites for the night. Chick visits a mobster, Stan (G. Gordon Baer), who holds the bet. Since Chick is short the $30,000
owed by Jed and Sally, Stan kills him. After Jed and Sally lose the rest of their money, they fight and Sally storms off. Sherry approaches Jed with an offer: $40,000 to spend the night with her. Jed reluctantly agrees, but doesn't tell Sally.
The next day, Sherry tells Jed that the dangerously mad Stan now wants $50,000 to settle the bet. Sherry agrees to give Jed the extra money in return for another night, on a somewhat kinkier scale: Jed must pick up a woman of Sherry's choosing and bring her back for a threesome. Afterwards, Sherry
reveals to him that he's been a pawn in a game she set up: the other woman was someone she had hired in advance, and Stan is not demanding more money. Enraged, Jed gives into Sherry's demands for brutal sex. Prompted by a note from Sherry, Sally (who does not know of Jed's deal) arrives and sees
them together. She spends the night with John (Myles O'Brien), a documentary filmmaker she met earlier. The next morning, despite Jed's pleas, Sally leaves for LA with John. Jed gives the $30,000 to Stan--only to find that he works for Sherry. Bored, Sherry goes off to interfere with another
To call SEXUAL ROULETTE one of the best films of its kind isn't saying much when you consider the generally abysmal quality of made-for-video softcore erotica. The screenplay by Sean McGinly holds the viewer's attention, and isn't actually hindered by its close ties to an earlier Hollywood hit--in
fact, viewers familiar with INDECENT PROPOSAL will be interested to see how McGinly varies the formula. As written, Jed and Sally are not exactly dislikable, but shallow enough that their comeuppance seems deserved. Straight-to-video queen Tane McClure makes the most of a good role that allows her
to show off her acting chops along with her prodigious implants, and some of the sex scenes are genuinely steamy. SEXUAL ROULETTE isn't the equivalent of breaking the bank, but at least you won't feel busted. (Violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Inspired by INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993), this made-for-video film reverses things by having the husband of a financially troubled couple be the one who is offered money to spend the night with a beautiful woman. An attractive cast, good production values, and… (more)