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  • 2002
  • R
  • 104min
  • 76%
  • 7 / 10

A woman who recently got out of a psychiatric hospital gets a job as a secretary. She comes from a very dysfunctional family, her dad was an alcoholic and her mother is co-dependent. She gets a job as a secretary and her job as a secretary is for a very demanding lawyer and they start to have a not strictly job related relationship. It turns into a sexual relationship. This is very inappropriate at any workplace. This takes that to a whole new level and is a very interesting movie.

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The reviews of this film are mostly positive with most people liking it. Maggie Gyllenhaal was a wonderful actress in this film and was nominated for many awards and won some of them. The film has a cool soundtrack album that was released in 2002. The producers of the film ended up getting a permit for the wrong park so when they filmed they had to distract the cops, that is so funny. This film shows BDSM is a good way and not as abuse which many films do. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally going to be Lee Holloway.


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The Secretary is a romantic comedy, but also a drama. It was directed by Steven Shainberg. It is rated R. It was produced by Andrew Fierberg, Amy Hobby, and Steven Shainberg. It was released in 2002. It is starring James Spader is E. Edward Grey, Maggie Gyllenhaal is Lee Holloway, Jeremy Davies is Peter, Lesley Ann Warren is Joan Holloway, Stephen McHattie is Burt Holloway, Jessica Tuck is Tricia O'Connor, Patrick Bauchau is Dr. Twardon, Amy Locane is Lee's sister, Oz Perkins is Jonathan, Michael Mantell is Stewart, Sabrina Grdevich is Allison, and Ezra Buzzington is the typing teacher. Story by Steven Shainberg and Erin Cressida Wilson. Music is by Angelo Badalamenti. Distributed by Lions Gate Films. It was released on DVD in 2003.