History Film / Secretary

26th Nov '15 7:02:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheAlcoholic: Lee's father.

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* %%* TheAlcoholic: Lee's father.



* BathtubScene: Two of them.

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* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Edward. CommitmentIssues ensue.

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* %%* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Edward. CommitmentIssues ensue.



* ChocolateOfRomance: Offered Lee by Edward, twice.
* ClosedDoorRapport: Edward and Lee.

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* %%* ChocolateOfRomance: Offered Lee by Edward, twice.
* %%* ClosedDoorRapport: Edward and Lee.



* InterplayOfSexAndViolence

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* IUhYouToo: [[spoiler: Edward near the end of the movie]].

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* %%* IUhYouToo: [[spoiler: Edward near the end of the movie]].



* MasterofTheMixedMessage: Edward.
* MiddleOfNowhereStreet: Mr. Grey's office.
* MoodWhiplash
* MyOwnPrivateIDo
* NoSparks: The reason Lee left Peter.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Edward.

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* %%* MasterofTheMixedMessage: Edward.
* %%* MiddleOfNowhereStreet: Mr. Grey's office.
* %%* MoodWhiplash
* %%* MyOwnPrivateIDo
* %%* NoSparks: The reason Lee left Peter.
* %%* NotGoodWithPeople: Edward.



* RaceForYourLove: [[spoiler:Lee, near the end]].

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* %%* RaceForYourLove: [[spoiler:Lee, near the end]].



* RomanticRunnerUp
* RunawayFiance
* SafeSaneAndConsensual

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* %%* RomanticRunnerUp
* %%* RunawayFiance
* %%* SafeSaneAndConsensual



* SexySecretary: Lee.

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* %%* SexySecretary: Lee.



* ShrinkingViolet: Lee.

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* %%* ShrinkingViolet: Lee.



* StepfordSmiler: Lee's mother.

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* %%* StepfordSmiler: Lee's mother.



* SymbolicMutilation: Lee.

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* %%* SymbolicMutilation: Lee.



* SuperOCD: Edward has a pretty severe case of it.
* SurrealHumor

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* %%* SuperOCD: Edward has a pretty severe case of it.
* %%* SurrealHumor



* TroubledButCute: Lee.

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* %%* TroubledButCute: Lee.



* UncannyAtmosphere: Edward's office is filled with it.

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* %%* UncannyAtmosphere: Edward's office is filled with it.



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30th May '15 5:30:18 PM lorgskyegon
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It is a story about Lee, an emotionally unstable woman (Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal) who starts the film after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where she was put after an incident of self-harm went too far. She finds a job as a typist under Edward, a demanding lawyer (Creator/JamesSpader). After some time, the two develop a sadomasochistic relationship, and are forced to deal with the personal and professional consequences.

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It is a story about Lee, an emotionally unstable woman (Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal) who starts the film after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where she was put after an incident of self-harm went too far. She finds a job as a typist under Edward, E. Edward Grey, a demanding lawyer (Creator/JamesSpader). After some time, the two develop a sadomasochistic relationship, and are forced to deal with the personal and professional consequences.
21st Mar '15 6:54:50 PM Iwishtologin
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* HollywoodMasochism: Averted ''except'' for the ''basic premise''. Being one of the very few romantic comedies about BDSM, it is also one of very few romantic comedies that starts with the protagonist getting out of a mental hospital (and she didn't end up there out of some wacky misunderstanding).


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* IdealizedSex: Averted ''except'' for the ''basic premise''. Being one of the very few romantic comedies about BDSM, it is also one of very few romantic comedies that starts with the protagonist getting out of a mental hospital (and she didn't end up there out of some wacky misunderstanding).
26th Oct '14 1:29:39 PM gallium
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* DisposableFiance

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* DisposableFianceDisposableFiance: Lee was kind of strong-armed into getting engaged, after all.
26th Oct '14 1:29:09 PM gallium
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* CreepyGood: Edward.

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* CreepyGood: Edward.Edward, who is glowering and intimidating in typical James Spader style but turns out to be a kind and patient lover.
10th Sep '14 2:04:49 AM Aquila89
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It is a story about Lee, an emotionally unstable woman (MaggieGyllenhaal) who starts the film after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where she was put after an incident of self-harm went too far. She finds a job as a typist under Edward, a demanding lawyer (James Spader). After some time, the two develop a sadomasochistic relationship, and are forced to deal with the personal and professional consequences.

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It is a story about Lee, an emotionally unstable woman (MaggieGyllenhaal) (Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal) who starts the film after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where she was put after an incident of self-harm went too far. She finds a job as a typist under Edward, a demanding lawyer (James Spader).(Creator/JamesSpader). After some time, the two develop a sadomasochistic relationship, and are forced to deal with the personal and professional consequences.
28th Jul '14 11:21:39 PM gallium
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* TheStoic: Edward, although really it's just a mask concealing his emotions.



* TheStoic: Edward.
** {{Kuudere}}: Since he's really a maelstrom of emotions and neuroses, just very repressed.
30th Jan '14 12:20:02 PM XFllo
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* LoveLetter: Averted: Edward's short letter is never sent, and Lee's message is a very unusual one, as it includes [[{{Squick}} a living worm]].

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* KinkySpanking: Lee Holloway's boss, Mr. Grey, was originally spanking Lee for typos.
* LoveLetter: Averted: Subverted: Edward's short letter is never sent, and Lee's message is a very unusual one, as it includes [[{{Squick}} a living worm]].



* [[spoiler:MyOwnPrivateIDo]]

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* [[spoiler:MyOwnPrivateIDo]]MyOwnPrivateIDo



* SpankTheCutie: Lee Holloway's boss, Mr. Grey, originally spanking Lee for typos.
30th Dec '13 11:47:14 AM GreenTeaAddict
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* NotGoodWithPeople: Edward.
20th Nov '13 12:32:12 PM urielzet
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Lee ,]] near the end of the film.
* AsideGlance: In the last scene, Lee suddenly looks straight into the camera - and the effect is quite powerful.
* [[SexEqualsLove BDSM Equals Love]]: The film doesn't really show Lee and Grey share anything other than their fetishes... unless you count the mutual inability to open up emotionally, a very deep shyness that they handle in different ways. A longing to really understand each other, without really daring to let it go anywhere.

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Lee ,]] [[spoiler:Lee]] near the end of the film.
* AsideGlance: In the last scene, Lee suddenly looks straight into the camera - -- and the effect is quite powerful.
* [[SexEqualsLove BDSM Equals Love]]: The film doesn't really show Lee and Grey share anything other than their fetishes... unless you count the mutual inability to open up emotionally, a very deep shyness that they handle in different ways. A longing to really understand each other, without really daring to let it go anywhere.



* BeautifulAllAlong: When Lee's self-image finally becomes positive, we finally see her completely naked, relaxed, and lit with a warm yellow glow - reflecting how she now feels that she is beautiful.

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* BeautifulAllAlong: When Lee's self-image finally becomes positive, we finally see her completely naked, relaxed, and lit with a warm yellow glow - -- reflecting how she now feels that she is beautiful.



* CasualKink: While most of ''{{Secretary}}'' averts this, it does pop up twice. In the middle of the movie, Lee is listening to a tape about coming out as a dominant or submissive, assuring the listener that BDSM is a capacity for a wider range of experience. More importantly, [[spoiler:the movie has a happy ending where Lee finally gets rid of her fiancée (whom she never wanted, he was pushed on her and she wasn't assertive enough to say no), come out as a masochist and finally demand a real relationship with Edward. Some people are pissed at her, but her father stands by her side and asserts that he's proud of her. Edward overcomes his fear and [[PropertyOfLove they live happily ever after]].]]

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* CasualKink: While most of ''{{Secretary}}'' averts this, it does pop up twice. In the middle of the movie, Lee is listening to a tape about coming out as a dominant or submissive, assuring the listener that BDSM is a capacity unlocks the potential for a wider range of experience. More importantly, [[spoiler:the movie has a happy ending where Lee finally gets rid of her fiancée (whom she never wanted, wanted; he was pushed on her and she wasn't assertive enough to say no), come comes out as a masochist and finally demand demands a real relationship with Edward. Some people are pissed at her, but her father stands by her side and asserts that he's proud of her. Edward overcomes his fear and [[PropertyOfLove they live happily ever after]].]] ]]



* CoveredWithScars: Lee, thanks to self-harming since she was in seventh grade. It's oddly handled since the first time we're shown the full extent of this is during the BeautifulAllAlong scene mentioned above, but since Lee finally feels herself - including the scars - to be beautiful this becomes only a passing detail.

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* CoveredWithScars: Lee, thanks to self-harming since she was in seventh grade. It's oddly handled since the first time we're shown the full extent of this is during the BeautifulAllAlong scene mentioned above, but since Lee finally feels herself - -- including the scars - -- to be beautiful this becomes only a passing (and by that point irrelevant) detail.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Both character have hard time earning it.
* ExtremeDoormat: At the beginning of the film, Lee is such a doormat that she can't even hang up on a telemarketer. Becoming a BDSM submissive makes her more assertive.
* FanDisservice: Maggie Gyllenhall's bare thighs, yay! Except she's mutilating herself with a sharpened ballerina doll and scalding herself with a hot kettle...not so yay.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Both character have characters had a hard time earning it.
* ExtremeDoormat: At the beginning of the film, Lee is such a doormat that she can't even hang up on a telemarketer. Becoming a BDSM submissive makes her more assertive.
assertive.
* FanDisservice: Maggie Gyllenhall's bare thighs, yay! Except she's mutilating herself with a sharpened ballerina doll and scalding herself with a hot kettle... not so yay.



* GenreBusting: with the elements of BlackComedy, RomCom, LeFilmArtistique, and PornWithPlot (but ItsNotPornItsArt).

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* GenreBusting: with the Has elements of BlackComedy, RomCom, LeFilmArtistique, and PornWithPlot (but ItsNotPornItsArt).



* HollywoodMasochism: Averted ''except'' for the ''basic premise'': Being one of the very few romantic comedies about BDSM, it is also one of very few romantic comedies that starts with the protagonist getting out of a mental hospital (and she didn't end up there out of some wacky misunderstanding).

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* HollywoodMasochism: Averted ''except'' for the ''basic premise'': premise''. Being one of the very few romantic comedies about BDSM, it is also one of very few romantic comedies that starts with the protagonist getting out of a mental hospital (and she didn't end up there out of some wacky misunderstanding).



* IntertwinedFingers: After the well-known spanking scene.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: Relationship with Edward cures Lee's psychological problems; it can be argued that it also helped Edward.

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* IntertwinedFingers: After the well-known spanking scene.
scene. Very brief and subtle.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: Relationship Her relationship with Edward cures Lee's psychological problems; it can be argued that it also helped Edward.



* BigDamnKiss / OfficialKiss: averted, as FirstKiss is not shown on the screen, and all the kisses which ARE shown are somehow non-standard (e.g. the characters AlmostKiss, one of them doesn't close their eyes etc.)

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* BigDamnKiss / OfficialKiss: averted, BigDamnKiss[=/=]OfficialKiss: Averted, as FirstKiss is not shown on the screen, and all the kisses which ARE shown are somehow non-standard (e.g. the characters AlmostKiss, one of them doesn't close their eyes etc.)



* RevisedEnding - The original story ended [[spoiler:with the protagonist quitting, feeling disgusted, and then being called by a reporter digging for dirt after "the lawyer" announced he was running for mayor]]. The movie ends [[spoiler:on a much happier note.]]

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* RevisedEnding - RevisedEnding: The original story ended [[spoiler:with the protagonist quitting, feeling disgusted, and then being called by a reporter digging for dirt after "the lawyer" announced he was running for mayor]]. The movie ends [[spoiler:on a much happier note.]]



* SoundtrackDissonance: purposeful, according to WordOfGod.
* SpankTheCutie: Lee Holloway's boss, Mr. Grey, originally spanking Lee for typos.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: purposeful, Purposeful, according to WordOfGod.
WordOfGod. To cite just one example, an alternative-rock rendition of "I Will Survive" plays when [[spoiler:Peter and Lee have sex]].
* SpankTheCutie: Lee Holloway's boss, Mr. Grey, originally spanking Lee for typos.



* {{Symbolism}}: Orchids, the worm, the cockroach, a dancing ballerine...
* TestingTheLoveInterest: what Edward does after Lee comes to his office in a wedding dress can be seen as this.
* TheStoic: Edward

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* {{Symbolism}}: Orchids, the worm, the cockroach, a dancing ballerine...
ballerina...
* TestingTheLoveInterest: what What Edward does after Lee comes to his office in a wedding dress can be seen as this.
* TheStoic: EdwardEdward.



* SubordinateExcuse: it's in the title. Verges on a type of HappinessInSlavery by the end.

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* SubordinateExcuse: it's It's in the title. Verges on a type of HappinessInSlavery by the end.




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