DVD - 2003
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"Lee Holloway has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. At first the work seems quite normal but soon, in between typing, filing and coffee making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship together, crossing the lines of conduct that would give any human resource director the vapors!"--Container.


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Aug 21, 2017

Well, alrighty then, this was interesting.

May 16, 2017

An indie film on masochism back when James Spader was a handsome leading man vs the balding chubby Reddington in the current TV series "The Blacklist." Maggie Gyllenhaal was the same sexy protagonist here as her recent BBC character in "The Honourable Woman 2014". Saw this years ago but the unusual opening sequence and those "mature" scenes were hard to forget. Lionsgate is marketing this anew appropriately with this blurt:

Before FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, there was SECRETARY. James Spader leads this sexy and daring comedy as 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!

May 02, 2016

I've seen this movie twice now. I think it's a very affecting and honest story. In a sense, I find it a wonderful love story, if a little unusual though.

M_ALCOTT Jun 20, 2015

If you're longing for the next time you'll be spanked while bent over your boss's desk, then this might be the movie for you. Personally, Mr. E. Edward Grey wouldn't have gotten away with ANY of the things he did with his secretary, Lee, in this movie. That's why we have sexual harassment laws. I wouldn't of answered the overly personal and invasive questions he asked Lee(even during the job interview). So, I guess, I wouldn't have gotten the job. But, then again, I'm NO submissive. "Mr. Grey, assume the position."

And another thing: E. Edward Grey had a strange notion of what constitutes a healthy portion size. He tried to practically starve Lee at dinner. I don't think even Christian Grey would approve. "A woman needs to eat!"

Apr 21, 2015

Expect a blend of John Waters and Douglas Sirk. Secretary is not a first date movie. Noooo. But if you're looking for a test for a "keeper", this might be the one -- does your significant other understand that this comedy is also a love story? Maggie Gyllenhaal (troubled geek on a quest) and James Spader (prince in need of rescue) are utterly adorable together. Of course, 50 Shades of Grey is much funnier.

Atticus14 Mar 05, 2015

The acting was very good and there were times it had me hanging on just waiting to see what would happen next but in the end it didn't quite hit the home run. Having read the reviews here prior to viewing, I think I had high expectations but somehow ended up feeling cheated. I haven't seen Fifty Shades yet so I can't compare. This movie left me feeling like I was rounding third but would always be denied the orgasm. This could've been a blockbuster if they had added some real steam to compliment the powerful emotions. Instead it just kind of teases you along.

Monuu Feb 16, 2015

This movie is NOT for everyone. The acting in the movie is great. The movie keeps you on your toes. There were some moments where I was like "what exactly is about to happen here?". There are moments that will make you blush or giggle. My only complaint is the ending, I was expecting something slightly different.

Feb 17, 2013

The actors are amazing in Secretary which could also be titled,"50 Shades of E. Edward Grey." The movie is basically a coming of age story combined with a s&m romance. Although I could only recommend this to the very open-minded there is a lot more emotion and passion between Grey and Lee than I've seen in many other romantic movies.

kevfarley Jan 04, 2013

Probably the best film about a consensual dominant/submissive relationship ever made !! ( Kev's PICkS : For an interesting double feature ,.. see this film in tandem with "The Blue Angel".)

nl345 Jan 02, 2013

The funny thing is, this movie came out in 2003. That's nearly ten years before that cheeky chick lit 50 shades took the world by storm. See the movie, you'll get it. 50 shades, which I haven't read, devulges into all the rules of a truly cruel dominant, but Maggie's character knew what made James Spader tick. You just get it right away. No 1,000s of pages neccessary. Highly Recommended.

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May 16, 2017

Pages and pages of quotes in IMDb. These two are on sexual harassment and "cutter", people who do self-harm:
Woman: He asked me out to Red Lobster the other night for a nightcap. And yesterday he asked if my hose were control top... and if they were, I certainly didn't need it.
Sister: Your boss?
Woman: Yeah.
Sister: You should sue him for sexual harassment.
Lee: My lawyer's representing a woman who's suing her boss for sexual harassment.
-Is he a good lawyer?
(Lee moans:) He's the best.
Why do you cut yourself, Lee?
-I don't know.
Is it that sometimes the pain inside has to come to the surface and when you see evidence of the pain inside, you finally know you're really here? Then, when you watch the wound heal, it's comforting. Isn't it?
-I... That's a way to put it.

Nov 22, 2011

I saw this a long time ago . I still like it. Makes me a Maggie fan all over again.


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Nov 22, 2011

I don'tknow why I like this film so much. I guess to me it has a happy ending.


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nl345 Jan 02, 2013

Sexual Content: show's a man pleasuring himself, pain seen as pleasure, brief female frontal nudity

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