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Steven Taylor is a Wall Street hedge fund manager who has risen his way through riches. He has a faithful wife named Emily. However, unknown to him, she isn't a faithful wife as she is having an affair with a poor artist, David Shaw, and plans to leave him.
Upon discovering the affair, Steven confonts David and exposes him as a con-artist after his and Emily's money, but offers to pay him a substantial amount of money anyway....in exchange for killing his wife.
- Bilingual Bonus/Cunning Linguist: Emily is a translator at the UN and fluent in numerous languages. This pays off when she's able to forge a personal connection with one of the detectives assisting her -- asking about the welfare of his wife and children -- leading him to put in the extra effort to look after her. Later in the film, as she ventures into an inner-city neighborhood, her perfect Spanish similarly impresses the local hoodlums.
- Deleted Scene: The original ending was that Emily shoots Steven after finding out what he did. His dying words are that the police would know, so she fakes a struggle, and she ends up committing the perfect murder.
- May-December Romance: Then 25/26-year-old Gywneth Paltrow, with then 54-year-old Michael Douglas.
- Modesty Bedsheet
- Plethora of Mistakes
- Thanatos Gambit
- Third-Act Stupidity
- Xanatos Speed Chess