2018 Film Challenge: 13. Secretary

Another film I acquired during my ex’s mass cull of belongings. I was always quite intrigued by it, plus I like Maggie Gyllenhaal, so figured why not? I was a little nervous prior to watching it, as just knew it was about a boss and his secretary being engaged in some form of S&M type relationship. The potential for it to be sexist and an awkward watch seemed quite high. Thankfully it’s a lot more nuanced and interesting than I’d expected. There are still plenty of times in which it’s an awkward watch, but deliberately so. I enjoyed it. Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • The film’s only just started and I’m already thinking about her as Belinda Blumenthal (I’d like to add that this comparison didn’t last long – as soon as you jump back in time, it’s clear that it’s┬ánot going to be the pure tittilation (pun intended) it might have been)
  • Hey, it’s whatshisname from Lost
  • HR would have a lot of issues with this interview
  • She opened the water bottle before putting it on the dispenser! Rookie office error.
  • His surname’s Grey? Oh man.
  • I’m pleased none of my admin jobs have involved dumpster diving
  • Are they having a date in a launderette? Is that a thing in America?
  • I hope she gets to spank him good. Or just knee him in the balls or something.
  • Awwwww, I love silly little dogs
  • Is the sexy going to happen?
  • Ow! Also, those are quite some knickers.
  • It’s another film with a monkey in!
  • That’s a weird level of dominance. Prescriptive peas.
  • Worms equal spanking? I was unaware of this.
  • Oh, no, not spanking… Well, kinda, but not in the way I’d thought. Ugh.
  • Kick him in the balls!
  • Oh god, what’s she doing?
  • This is weird
  • Ha ha, what the hell?
  • That was surprisingly sweet
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 13. Secretary

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    The first film on the list that I’d seen before! Many years ago, my friend Kathy (who lives in Australia), recommended a number of films for me to watch. Amongst those included were this (along with another we’ll come to later in the year), so I dutifully hired the DVD from Blockbuster (told you it was a while ago!) and enjoyed it very much. That must have been 15 years ago, and I’d always meant to re-watch it but had never gotten around to it. Last year I bought the US blu-ray release of it (I don’t think its available on that format in the UK), so it was this release that I watched earlier today.

    I still really enjoyed it on second viewing. I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader were excellent (Spader is so good at playing sleazy), and I thought it was a really interesting portrayal of a subject that could be shown in a much more crass manner, a la 50 Shades several years later (full disclosure, I’ve only seen about 20 minutes or so of that film, so maybe the rest of it is full of subtle nuances – though I some how doubt it). The actor who played Peter was Daniel Faraday in Lost by the way.

    Overall, I was glad to see this again and would definitely recommend it.

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