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Secretary 2002

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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I agree! I loved this Film it was absolutely hysterical, and it was loaded with naughty intriguing scenes. I give it a big 9.0/10.
One of the funniest films ever. It has loads of naughty potential, but Maggie Gyllenhaal is so hilariously solemn, you can't help but laugh your kecks off. Brilliant, amusing, sassy and well worth watching. 10/10
Secretary: Not that bad of a movie but then again not that good of a ovie either. the sybolism in the movie is what I liked about it and the evolution of the character's exspecally James Spader's character, but then again the beginning of the movie didn't grab my attention plus I['m not a big fan of nudity in movies to try and make the scene seem more important, but in this case I think without the nudity that the scene has no point but the character's to me just don't seem realistic but it was an averge movie to me
Better than I could ever have suspected; surprisingly sweet and endearing, while still being strange and completely different. Gutsy performances from both Gyllenhaal and Spader carry the film, and the focus on the characters is to perfection. The score works as a perfect complement; it's both sexy and suspenseful, making it all the more captivating. The ending is certainly the film's strongest point, turning the film upside down without being earth-shattering or unbelievable. It's just right---like the film itself.

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Secretary was probably more 7.5 than 8, as it has some underdeveloped plot points and other minor flaws, but I'm feeling generous this lovely morning, as I was last night when I was through watching this great movie.


Oscar-worthy performance by James Spader. Did he win something for this? Golden Globe? Anything? Shoulda. He was A-MAZING. So bizarrely likeable and sexy. An incredibly compelling performance. I was less impressed with Maggie Gyllenhall, who's "Lee" often seemed a little too cutesy-quirky to me. She played Ms. Holloway with such giddy guilelessness and slothful timing it was hard not to wonder if Lee were just retarded at times. However, I blame the director for this, because I've seen snippets of Gyllenhall's work before and I know she's a more than competent actress. And speaking of Maggie, it's funny, I used to think she was unattractive, but in fact she's oddly pretty. Secretary does a great job of pointing that out.Incredibly evocative sets and costumes. Just so amazing. Secretary is one of those films where the sets are almost a characters unto themselves. Certainly Edward's office was, with all its Asian eclectic moodiness.OK, on to the good stuff. This is a sexy movie. A romantic movie. ODDLY sexy and romantic, but sexy and romantic nonetheless. When you finally get your payoff...and sometimes it seems it'll never come, it is so satisfying it's almost like good sex. Or at least a good spanking. When I heard this movie was about a dominant/submissive relationship, I was a little scared, but actually the movie is fairly tame in its portrayal of sex and the dominant/submissive dynamic. Nothing in the movie was gross-freaky. In fact, some of it looked kinda hot. There. I said it. :o And Gyllenhall and Spader certainly have more than enough chemistry to carry their scenes off together.I was amazed by how sexy and poignant I found this movie. In my opinion the film wasn't even really about dominants and submissives or sex, it was about two tortured souls reaching out to each other for comfort and a connection. It's...incredibly relatable. This is a wonderful movie, a refreshing and bold romantic dramedy.

MaggieNZ, are you happy?:D

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I was so tired yesterday, I was napping 'til around 5. I didn't get around to throwing dinner together 'til it was almost 9. I made one of my Greek pizzas. A Boboli crust, brushed with oil, sliced fresh tomatoes, chopped roasted red peppers, chopped Kalamata (or olive of choice), Greek seasonings and Feta cheese. Was it delicious? Um, YES
This is a great one. I watched it knowing that I would probably like it, and i did. It is a great movie. A darker side of love is depicted through out Secretary. I like it.



Second review is for the low budget dramady romance Secretary, the film follows the character Lee Holloway a young woman recently released from a mental hospital who gets a job as a secretary working for a demanding lawyer.


The film is quite an amazing one not to many films would tackle the subject of s & m so beautifully, the two leads are fantastic Maggie Gyllenhaal is great as Lee and has this innocence and shyness about her but when needed to be sexy she pulls it off without any trouble, James Spader is an underrated actor this guy continues to amaze me his character E. Edward Grey starts off a bastard but by the end I couldn't see them without each other, there chemistry just works so well together.


I have to admit starts off a little slow but by the time Lee meets Edward the film becomes so interesting and even more so when they explore their sexual relationship, which in some parts becomes quiet funny and a real joy too watch.


Another thing about the film that I found quiet stunning is some of the cinematography and some shots are quiet beautiful, the surroundings and colours of the film also shine and make it more beautiful.


Steven Shainberg has created a beautiful romance and drama between Maggie and James they go so well together, I can't stop praising there performances, mainly Maggie shines in the lead role with a performance that is beautiful and brave at the same time.


I highly recommend this film to people who love a great character study with a hint of drama, a dash of comedy and a sadomasochistic twist.
Secretary really surprised me with its depth, complexity and thoughtful script. Clearly, however, this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Its about a young woman who self harms who finds salvation in a dominant/submissive S&M sort of relationship. The director invites the viewer to be simultaneously turned-off by and attracted to the characters and subject matter. While not completely relativistic, it left me thinking that maybe this sort of arrangement might be a good fit for some people...not mainstream, but there nonetheless.
so i just saw for the first time. well, all the way through anyways. after seeing bits and pieces. i have to say it wasnt bad. i definitely was totally disgusted by james spaders character though. well maybe not by his character, but he gave me the creeps. his looks did i mean. i dont know why, his eyes just creeped me out. i suppose he did fit the part though.

i also think i like maggies character a bit more in the beginning... she was pretty quirky and funny. and i liked james spaders character a bit more towards the end. i dno. i mean it was sweet in a very odd way. but i think thats the idea given the topic. the end was worth it though, i think anyone should see it.


I don't get this movie. It starts off like some sort of top gun pilot flick, then it becomes a political satire, then it splices political satire with space pilot training sequences, then it becomes a space movie and then it's finished.
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