Film / Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the bestselling Twilight Ascended Fanfic, the 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.

Two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed note , were released on February 10, 2017 and February 9, 2018, respectfully.

This film provides examples of:

  • And Starring: Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Christian's mom.
  • Artistic License Geography:, that isn't really Seattle (or Georgia). And unless his office is located on a S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.note 
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Christian Grey may as well be the poster child of this trope.
  • 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.
  • Book-Ends: The film begins and ends with Christian and Ana repeating each others' name as she leaves in an elevator.
  • 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.
  • Color Motif: Gray, of course. Red comes up a lot too, mostly being associated with sex and the forbidden (in particular Christian's 'Red Room').
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Christian has one, though it's mostly only hinted at. Namely, being neglected by his drug addict/prostitute mother and finding her corpse when he was only four, and having a BDSM relationship with his mother's much older friend when he was only fifteen. It also serves as his Freudian Excuse.
  • Downer Ending: The film ends with Ana leaving Christian, heartbroken, due to being unable to handle his more extreme sexual kinks and thus believing they are incompatible. Although, seeing as there are two more movies, we know it's only temporary.
  • Epunymous Title: "Grey" is a reference to Christian Grey, the male lead character's name.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Jose for Ana. It's Fifty Shades of Grey, not Fifty Shades of Jose.
  • Lighter and Softer: A notable 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".
  • Love Triangle: A downplayed example. Ana's best friend Jose is in love with her, but she only has eyes for Christian and it barely factors into the plot at all, due to it being made abundantly clear Jose has no chance. Of course, this doesn't stop Christian from getting all green-eyed about it.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: When Ana demands an explanation for why Christian is so reluctant to let her be close to him, he gives us this line: "Because I'm fifty shades of fucked up." Honest Trailers sums it up pretty well:
    Honest Trailers Narrator: What does that even mean? That's not even a common phrase; it's just related to the dumb title of the book!
  • Moment Killer: Mrs. Grey makes her introduction while Christian is banging Ana.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Take a big guess.
  • Nave Everygirl: Anastasia Steele, to the point where at age 21, she has no idea what butt plugs are.
  • Official Couple: Christian and Ana. With helpings of Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome, what with Ana's naivety and Christian's...issues.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Poor Jamie Dornan, trying to pull off being a Fake American...
  • 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.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Ana has to read through and sign a contract consenting to BDSM practices with Christian (which he requires all his submissives to sign so they know and agree to what they're getting into). However, considering how utterly naive Ana is about it all (she's actually still a virgin when she meets Christian and can't figure out what butt plugs are) and that Christian is rather inconsistent about following the contracts' rules, it doesn't work out very well...
  • 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.
  • Unequal Pairing: Christian is a powerful CEO with a ridiculous amount of money and the resources to find out anything and everything about a person, and a very sexually experienced dom to boot. Ana's a naive college student who works in a hardware store and had only ever been kissed once before meeting Christian.