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Secretary (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 October 2002 (USA)
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A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

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James Spader is the original Mr. Grey, a seemingly normal lawyer whose relationship with his new secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) descends into a kinky affair that would give nightmares to any human resource director. Written by Lionsgate

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The story of a demanding boss and the woman who loves his demands. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, some nudity, depiction of behavioral disorders, and language | See all certifications »

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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La secretaria  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$182,306 (USA) (20 September 2002)

Gross:

£829,624 (UK) (13 June 2003)
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Despite her character struggling to lift heavy objects and climb into a dumpster, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal had no trouble performing these tasks. See more »

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Through most scenes in the office Lee wears plain stockings, especially when she is ordered to join Mr Grey in the library. When he asks her "What's going on with the sewing kit and the band aids?" her tights become white and patterned. On a journey home in the back of her Mom's car, the stockings are white and patterned after we had seen her wearing plain brown stockings. See more »

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E. Edward Grey: I'm so sorry for what happened between us. I realise what a... terrible mistake... I made with you. And I can... only hope... that you... understand. Be assured you can count on me for excellent references.
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E. Edward Grey: Get out.
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E. Edward Grey: Get out.
Lee: What are you do...
E. Edward Grey: Get out!
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Intriguing story
17 June 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Secretary is the first of its kind - a very dark love story. First of its kind in that it deals with themes never seen before seen in mainstream Hollywood cinema - S&M, sexual dominance and submission.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is outstanding in a potential minefield of a role - she handles it with dignity and even provides some effective dark humour.

The story here is that her character, Lee, applies for a job as a secretary for the firm owned by James Spader's brilliant Mr Grey. However, Lee has a history of self-harm and masochism and Grey has a dominance complex along with a very sadistic streak. Combine these 2 in theory and you have 2 very happy people. But this is no ordinary love story...

Spader, as stated, is brilliant. He brings an icy steel to the troubled Grey, but also provides a touch of black humour which comes at some great moments to 'release the tension'.

For the themes supplied here you'd probably expect a lot of raunchiness - well there are sexual moments, of course, but there is nothing gratuitous, which is in itself an achievement and well handled.

Overall it's quirky, off-beat, and a little bit different.

Worth a view.


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