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Secretary

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James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ...
Secretary: © Lions Gate

Secretary

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/20/02
performer:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Patrick Bauchau, Ezra Buzzington, Jeremy Davies, Stephen McHattie, Jessica Tuck
director:
Steven Shainberg
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Erin Cressida Wilson
genre:
Romance, Erotic, Drama

We gave it an A-

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.