Sexual harassment is a dirty word but it is also a two way street. twenty years ago it would be the woman filing charges. Nowadays it can be the men also. Women as they climb the corporate ladder get aggressive and they want what they want.
Digicom Corporation is about to merge. It has a new computer program that will revolutionize the computer industry. Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) is looking for a big promotion when the merger goes through. Tom is a good company man. He has a wife and two kids and he is very happy with what he is doing.
Company head Bob Garvin (Donald Sutherland) knows he has a rough road ahead. The company is merging and the program is to come out. So he brings a woman from another part of the company to oversee the process. Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore) is one of those corporate women who will do anything to get ahead. She and Tom had an affair years ago and when she shows up at the office it becomes very tense between the two.
Meredith asks Tom to stay late so the two can talk about the office politics. She wants to get the feel of the office and what their take is on the merger. Problem is Meredith wants to merge with Tom again and he rebuffs her. She freaks and is left feeling very frustrated. Tom goes through channels to file a sexual harassment suit against Meredith.
Here is the greatest part of all this. She knew Tom was happily married. She knew that he would file a suit against her. She was counting on it. Here is where the office intrigue and the subterfuge takes over. Unfortunately this is where you will have to watch the movie to see the rest.
This film is one for the books as you think it is going too slow but then all of a sudden it comes back to life with a roar. Director Barry Levinson does an excellent job with the corporate intrigue. He also does an excellent job with the sexual harassment theme. You see in the last 20 years women have become more aggressive. They are not the little simpletons of the 1950's and 1960's. They will come right out and tell you what they want and sometimes it can be very nasty as to how they get what they want. We live in an all new and changing world. So sit back and enjoy the action and who knows you may learn something about yourself.