The story of two oddballs’ discovery of love through office S&M, Secretary easily could have turned out to be a laughable pseudo-porn. But Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader play repression and loneliness so convincingly and with such wit that they turn the risky premise into a bold, sexy, and splendidly bizarre fairy tale. The sight of Gyllenhaal getting spanked by her boss (Spader) is controversial, to say the least – and as a feminist, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Secretary: © Lions Gate)
Genre: Romance, Erotic, Drama; Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Patrick Bauchau, Ezra Buzzington, Jeremy Davies, Stephen McHattie, Jessica Tuck; Director: Steven Shainberg; Author: Erin Cressida Wilson; Runtime (in minutes): 104; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted April 1 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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