Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the bestselling Twilight Fan Fiction-turned erotic novel of the same name by E.L. James. It's directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.The movie follows the romance between Anastasia Steele, a naïve, innocent literature student, and Christian Grey, a mysterious and handsome billionaire. Their BDSM-flavored romance fuels most of the plot.The movie also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, and Rita Ora. It was released on Friday, February 13, 2015. Yes, that's the day before Valentine's Day, folks. We're sure it's a coincidence. (It's also on Friday, the Thirteenth.) The trailer can be seen here.
This film provides examples of:
- And Starring: Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Christian's mom.
- Artistic License – Geography: ...no, that isn't really Seattle (or Georgia). And unless his office is located on a SHIELD Helicarrier, the skyline in the movie poster is being shot looking out of a building that physically does not and can not exist in Seattle.
- Beta Couple: Kate and Elliot, as well as Ana's mother and step-father.
- Body Double: In a case of "like mother, like daughter"note mostly averted, but Dakota insisted on a butt double for the scene where Christian gives Ana a spanking with a rod.
- Bookends: The film begins and ends with Christian and Ana repeating each others' name as she leaves in an elevator.
- California Doubling: The movie was almost entirely shot in Canada - even Washington State University Vancouvernote was played by the University of British Columbia.
- Chained to a Bed: One of the tortures used. First the hands, later it was both hands and legs.
- Character Tics: Ana biting her lip.
- Contemplative Boss: The way Mr. Grey receives visitors in his office.
- Cool Plane: A bit understated, but the glider and the helicopter (an Airbus H130, in a nod to the novel) are definitely this for Anastasia. And they're piloted by none other than Christian himself, natch.
- Epunymous Title: "Grey" is a reference to Christian Grey, the male lead character's name.
- Lighter and Softer: A notable rare example where this is generally considered to have been a good thing. The film tones down or removes most of the creepier parts of the book, including the infamous "tampon scene".
- Moment Killer: Mrs. Grey makes her introduction while Christian is banging Ana.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Poor Jamie...
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Most of the explicit sexual content from the book is greatly simplified and toned for the film, while many of the kinkier and more shocking moments are dropped entirely.
- Punny Name: Anastasia Steele happens to work in a hardware store.
- Secondary Character Title: Anastasia is the protagonist.
- Shout-Out: The ibuprofen pills and orange juice tagged with "Eat me" and "Drink me" instructions, when Ana wakes from her hangover. Like Alice, she's just stepped into the rabbit hole, and her world is about to become curiouser and curiouser.