(2015) (Dakota Johnson, Jamie Doran) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A college senior contemplates entering into a BDSM relationship with a handsome and young billionaire, but grows frustrated by his reluctance and inability to open up to her in a traditional sense of such a romantic relationship.
- Anastasia Steele (DAKOTA JOHNSON) is a college senior in Portland who's majoring in English lit, works in a hardware store to make ends meet, and isn't looking much further out in her life than getting through finals. But when her fellow college student roommate, Kate (ELOISE MUMFORD), is too sick to interview Seattle-based telecom mogul Christian Grey (JAMIE DORNAN) for the school newspaper, Ana takes her place. She finds the young billionaire attractive, while Grey quickly sets his sights on her, wondering if her photographer friend, Josť (VICTOR RASUK), is her boyfriend. He isn't, and much to Christian's surprise, Ana reveals -- once they become physically involved -- that she's still a virgin.
He quickly takes care of that -- after his brother Elliot (LUKE GRIMES) has bedded Kate -- and then wonders if she might be interested in a particular behavior he finds quite appealing. And that would be BDSM (bondage and sadomasochism), something that initially surprises her, but then draws her interest as he slowly introduces her to that hidden part of his highly controlled world. While his mother, Grace (MARCIA GAY HARDEN), is happy to see a woman in his life, and her four-time married mother, Carla (JENNIFER EHLE), tries to impart words of wisdom to her about men, Ana must decide whether to sign a highly detailed contract with Christian about starting such a BDSM relationship where she'd be the submissive party to his dominant one.
As their sexual relationship continues to evolve, Ana tries to decide whether to proceed or not, all while being frustrated by his reluctance and/or inability to open up to her emotionally in the traditional sense of a romantic relationship.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The sexual material might be enticing to some curious kids along with any teens who might have read the book.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.
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