Fifty Shades of Grey

Rated R 125 minutes 2015

Actress Dakota Johnson is genuinely appealing – and sexy in a natural way – as Ana, an ordinary college student who becomes infatuated with an assertive (and how) young business billionaire (Jamie Dornan), and follows his lead into the world of bondage-discipline-sado-masochism. But their appeal has almost nothing to do with the writing of novelist E.L.James, nor the screenplay adapted from it by Kelly Marcel, not to mention the by-the-numbers direction of English helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson. The entire BDSM concept is a flimsy gimmick, a “tastefully” prurient walk on the wild side carefully calibrated to jingle cash registers while reassuring mainstream movie audiences that even nice girls can get spanked by their master, as long as he’s rich and handsome. As such, Fifty Shades is much more interesting as a marketing onslaught than as a film. Talk about exploitation. Jennifer Ehle and Marcia Gay Harden costar (125 min.).

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Official Site: www.fiftyshadesmovie.com

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Producer: Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi and Jeb Brody

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Marcia Harden, Rita Ora, Max Martini, Dylan Neal, Andrew Airlie, Callum Rennie, Elliat Albrecht, Rachel Skarsten and Emily Fonda

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