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Secretary (2002) Movie Information

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Drama, Romance





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Steven Shainberg


Maggie Gyllenhaal
James Spader
Jeremy Davies
Lesley Ann Warren
Stephen McHattie
Patrick Bauchau





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A story of a secretary who starts a new job and discovers masochism. Her job consists of typeing, filing, making coffee and getting spanked.

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Alaine 12/09/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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A heart-warming romance showing that there just might be somebody for everybody. Not for the closed-minded or judgmental folks. You'll know if you'll be OK with this movie in the opening scene. Maggie Gyllenhaal is wonderful and James Spader is his usual intense self.

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Snoogans 05/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Handles the subject of S&M carefully, with humor and insight. The characters are great and the romance is believable. Maggie delivers a great performance.

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gideon43 05/26/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A Rom-Com with a difference, Secretary treads a fine line veering from the uncomfortable to the downright weird. A love story that is honest, refreshing and utterly absorbing with two of the finest acting performances you will ever see. This is a film that is completely un-PC and it may shock and it may disturb but it is always riveting viewing. The two main characters may be a little strange and twisted but you still end up rooting for them all the same. Open your mind, throw off the shackles and enjoy one of the best films of the Noughties.

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Chris Kavan 12/22/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Can S&M become mainstream? Probably not, but at least Secretary presents something disdained and presents it as natural, funny, even beautiful thing. It may not change minds, but maybe it will open some.

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01/20/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not your typical love story!

Lee Halloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a twenty-something girl with serious emotional disorders who is just released from a mental institution. She returns back home, but things haven't changed since her departure. Eventually she falls back into her old pattern, the worst of which is self-mutilation. She, as most self-mutilators do, inflicts bloodletting and pain on herself in order to "feel alive".

She applies for a job as a secretary at a lawyer's office owned by E. Edward Grey and tries frantically to stay sane, but her dysfunctional family isn't helping nor is Mr. Grey, who is a bully of a boss. We understand her submissive nature and why she would be attracted to her domineering boss played by James Spader. He is thoroughly convincing as a repressed, guilt ridden individual who stru...

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07/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Secretary" by Yojimbo

What little I knew of this film made me fear it would be an exercise in misogynistic titillation for beer swilling macho louts. How wrong I was. What I discovered was a smart, sexy and insightful analogy for and examination of relationships, and what they represent. What could easily have been misinterpreted as exploitation of an emotionally vulnerable young woman really shows how a relationship is about the needs of the individuals involved, and if they conjoin in such a way as to satisfy both, who is to judge whether or not it is "right" or "wrong"? Maggie Gyllenhaal's evolution from self harming neurotic to happy and fulfilled young woman is far more affirming and positive than the usual Meg Ryan/Hugh Grant/Andie McDowell infested Hallmark moment churned out by the Hollywood conveyor b...

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