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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)  »

Also Known As:

La secretaria  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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 »

Goofs

In the first scene, Lee takes an assumedly freshly-typed letter directly from the typewriter with her mouth. But as she's walking down the hall toward E. Edward Grey's office, a circled error can be seen on the letter. See more »

Quotes

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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References Four Rooms (1995) See more »

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All I Want
Performed by Pete Belasco
Written by Pete Belasco
Courtesy of Verve Forecast Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very original
17 April 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Secretary' deals with a daring and original subject and does this in an effective and funny way. Its subject is sadomasochism, its genre is a romantic comedy. The secretary is Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who suffers from self-mutilation, her boss is Mr. Grey (James Spader), who seems the coldest man alive. When they are in the same room you feel that there is something there, they both feel it too. Since the movie opens with a certain S/M scene we already know that there is a point in the movie where the two must find each other and start the sadomasochism activities. I will not reveal how and when it happens, but the moment is great.

Saying too much about the story would spoil things. We laugh at the right times, which is a good thing. Considering the subject it is even hard to accomplish that since people who are not familiar with it laugh very easy when they see strange things. For most audiences the events will be strange. The original approach of the movie, the performances perfect for this movie, the funny moments and an ending that plays exactly as it should this is a good movie and one of the most original romantic comedies I have seen.


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