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The Secretary [Blu-ray] [2002]

  • SKU: 1197152
  • Release Date: 08/31/2010
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • Writer and director commentary
    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Photo gallry

    Synopsis


    Secretary
    Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual employer/employee relationship in this very offbeat romantic drama from filmmaker Steven Shainberg. Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a shy young woman, who, after a brief spell in a mental institution, is released in the care of her overprotective mother (Lesley Ann Warren) and hard-drinking father (Stephen McHattie). Hoping to make good on her own, Lee begins looking for a job, and in her free time indulges in her odd habit of inflicting pain upon herself in various ways. Lee is hired as a secretary by E. Edward Grey (James Spader), a grim and ruthlessly efficient attorney who warns her that her work will be both dull and demanding. Lee takes to the job with genuine enthusiasm, and while she's recently acquired a new boyfriend, Peter (Jeremy Davies), she's far more intrigued by Grey's coldly patrician demeanor. While Grey often criticizes Lee, she seems to thrive on his abuse, but one day he crosses a line when he insists upon spanking her after some minor mistake. Lee quite enjoys the treatment, and wants it to continue, but Grey can no longer take pleasure humiliating Lee when he knows that she likes it; he fires her, despite her pleas to be allowed to stay. Finally discovering the key to her sexual and emotional needs, Lee tries to persuade Peter to be rough with her, but he simply doesn't have the taste or talent for it, and Lee soon maps out a last-ditch effort to win back her position with Grey, whatever the cost. Secretary won a special award for "Originality" at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Maggie Gyllenhaal
      Maggie Gyllenhaal - Lee Holloway
    • James Spader
      James Spader - E. Edward Grey
    • Jeremy Davies
      Jeremy Davies - Peter
    • Lesley Ann Warren
      Lesley Ann Warren - Joan Holloway
    • Stephen McHattie
      Stephen McHattie - Burt Holloway



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dont miss this one!

      Posted
      dlhex

      This movie is great! This unconventional love story stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as the recluse and submissive, Lee, and James Spader, Edward Grey, the alpha male. When we first meet Lee shes just getting out of the mental ward....shes a "cutter" and her parents have to keep everything in their house locked up to protect Lee from hurting herself. Her mom recommends she looks for a job to help pass the time and she gets one as Edwards secretary. In the begining everything seems normal until Lee makes a few typographical errors and is punished by Edward. Lee enjoys her submissive role and she soon needs to be reprimanded daily. After feeling guilty for his actions Edward fires Lee and refuses to see her anymore. Lee goes to great lengths to prove her love and devotion and they end up happily ever after! Despite its mature subject matter, Secretary is hilairously funny and full of wit and charm!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Film

      Posted
      IAmAwsomo

      I originally watched this movie online after seeing some random pictures of Maggie Gyllenhaal. I searched on her and found this movie. I'm generally not one for independent films but the trailer sucked me in, and it is excellent. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader are excellent in the lead roles, and the rest of the cast are very good as well. There is a good amount of dark humor in a film that deals with seemingly serious subject matter. It manages to be very erotic without being very explicit. I haven't really looked at any extras, so please ignore that rating.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worst Movie ever

      Posted
      applez89209

      This was probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn't a strong enough actress to deliever this role. Awful..simply awful. The plot was horrible, the ending was horrible. I kept waiting and waiting for it to get better, but then it ended.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie for the avid film viewer.

      Posted
      DaniFoster
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      The movie has a great plot and the cast of characters made it more entertaining to watch. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Secretary

      Posted
      srd5760

      It's a decent movie. I'd seen it a long time ago and when a friend reminded me of it, I elected to buy a copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film!

      Posted
      djcamilleon
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      Cool film that explores the dominant-submissive world! A bit riské but respectful fun!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Secretary

      Posted
      jbmassage

      Fantastic movie with comedy, romance..in the best altered way!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good one

      Posted
      KJenk03
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      Good movie worth a watch. Maggie makes it worth it

      I would recommend this to a friend



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