Secretary 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… Secretary 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…
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Secretary (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ... | OFFICE SPACE Spader invades Gyllenhaal's
Image credit: Secretary: © Lions Gate
OFFICE SPACE Spader invades Gyllenhaal's
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Erotic, Romance; With: Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

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.
Originally posted Mar 31, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints