Secretary (2002)

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Avg Rating: 3.9 / 5. Voted: 74

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Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Lee Holloway), James Spader (E. Edward Grey), Jeremy Davies (Peter), Lesley Ann Warren (Mother), Stephen McHattie (Father)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:51:03
Genres: BDSM, Self-Harm, Sexual-Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
What happens when you’re too sensitive and the things that upset you are usually other people’s problems which you deal with by hurting yourself instead. Lee is just out of hospital having done time for a cutting moment that got out of control. Back home, the atmosphere isn’t ideal – sister is excited to be married, mother is nervous and oppressively protective of her and father is mostly drunk. Lee tries to seek familiar comfort in selfharm, but it just won’t do. But then she finds employment as a secretary to a lawyer, who might have the right-sized hand for her empty glove.

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Freaky Fag
Freaky Fag
May 20, 2024 6:41 am

I just can’t bear to sit through this movie and have to look at Maggie Gyllenhaal’s pug-nosed hideous ugly face for 2 hours and her awful failed attempt at acting. Who on earth ever thought that we would want to look at her hairy vagina roast-beef curtains and her flat B-cup titties? Watching this inflicted me with an extended chronic erectile dysfunction condition. Very bad choice in casting.

LittleRichard
LittleRichard
May 10, 2024 8:38 pm

I really want to like this movie but the childish portrayal of sadomasochism and an extremely unsexy James Spader ruin this for me.
Strong 5/10

Bukowski
Bukowski
December 9, 2023 2:37 pm

I thought it was hawt back in 2002. Maggie Gylenhaal is foxy in submission.

Sune
Sune
May 4, 2023 11:20 am

Lawyers are lunatics playing dress up.

too
too
January 21, 2023 6:23 am

Let’s face it. American’s can’t make a BDSM movie.

secretsanta
secretsanta
August 23, 2022 2:00 am

Very cool plot synopsis EUM.
You could substitute self harm for any drug and it would be the same movie

Artis
Artis
April 22, 2022 7:48 am

not worth it.

Mo Moson
Mo Moson
January 23, 2022 12:50 pm

you do see them finally ( o )( o )

buck
buck
January 6, 2022 6:38 pm

Pretty good movie. Suffers from typical American silliness – and silliness as a whole, since it’s quite obviously a bit of a fantasy someone had and a bit of a rant – but overall it tells an OK story with well written characters – characters for which this movie definitely deserves to be on effedup. It shouldn’t be bashed too hard for being silly, as it is after all a comedy – even if a black one. It’s quite comforting, seeing messed up people find comfort in each other, and I can only hope to find my own Ms. Holloway.

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
December 31, 2021 5:50 am

There ain’t nothing better than a heart-shaped ass….. (see movie poster)

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
December 30, 2021 1:25 am

My Soul mate and I along with a few other veteran Spankos tried to use this movie to introduce some sad, boring, post-hippie, self righteous swingers to a deeper level of understanding and tolerance of our lifestyle (Since we were among them) I wish that I had had a deeper part in the film selection. I will say one thing for it…It’s not 50 shades of stupid! A kink shaming masterpiece of sex negative, inaccurate, judgemental piece of fucking rabid canine smegma.

Villain Queen
Villain Queen
December 29, 2021 7:35 am

I loved this film. It’s kind of “mild” in comparison to some of the stuff I’ve seen/read now but it’s still a favorite. James Spader is always a treat.

whatever
whatever
December 29, 2021 4:33 am

people say this movie is overrated I say it kicks you right in the nuts. At the end she is dropping dead cockroaches on the bed beginning to break the man down. On a long enough timeline everything drops to zero

Zed Man
Zed Man
December 26, 2021 12:58 am

Possibly one of the best movie posters of all time. Shame the movie was such a flop.

Zoboshmo
Zoboshmo
December 24, 2021 3:36 am

Now that’s what I call a love story????

Dee
Dee
December 23, 2021 11:50 pm

Not effed up at all, just a beautiful love story.

Aurelia
Aurelia
December 23, 2021 9:19 pm

As someone who practices both self harm and bdsm, this movie is rubbish and the relationship between the main characters doesn’t make sense

OJ not Simpson
OJ not Simpson
December 23, 2021 11:52 am

Current rate on IMDB:7 I believe this movie is way overrated, level of BDSM was very low and ending was too silly.