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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 based on the two sequel novels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed,note  were released on February 10, 2017 and February 9, 2018, respectively.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: At one point Anastasia tells Christian "You're the complete serial killer," to which Christian answers, "Not today." Jamie Dornan (who plays Christian) also starred in The Fall, in which he played a serial killer.
  • Adult Fear: In "Fifty Shades Of Grey", Ana gets drunk and disoriented before Jose tries to forcefully kiss her. Christian pulls him away, she vomits and passes out. When she awakens, she's in a hotel room with Christian in different clothes having no recollection of the night before. And he claims to have not slept with her while she was unconscious but he did sleep in the same room next to her.
    • Being in an abusive relationship and not being able to tell your parents about it (she has a contract).
    • In "Fifty Shades Freed", Ana's pregnancy is jeopardized after Jack kicks her in the belly.
  • 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 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 
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  • 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.
  • Bookends: 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.
  • 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').
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Fifty Shades Freed", Liz, Ana's co-worker who aids Jack Hyde in his kidnapping Mia and threatening Ana for ransom money, didn't even count on Hyde intending to kill Ana and potentially harm her unborn baby.
  • Hates Being Touched: Christian, due to being abused by his dead mother's boyfriends.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Jose for Ana. It's Fifty Shades of Grey, not Fifty Shades of Jose.
  • Jealous Parent: In "Fifty Shades Freed", Christian comes off as this long before the big pregnancy announcement, saying how he's not ready to "share her with anybody else yet". Not only does he verbally abuse Ana after the news, he takes off to get drunk and presumably cheat with his ex Elena, then he goes as far as to continue voicing his controlling jealousy over his own unborn child by insulting him and sticking his head up Ana's sweater where the belly is —while she's still wearing it.
    Christian: Oh, we have an intruder...and some day you'll love him more than me.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In "Fifty Shades Freed", after Jack kidnaps Mia, abuses Ana and kicks her in the belly (putting her unborn baby at risk), Ana grabs her gun and shoots Jack in both of his kneecaps before the police arrive.
  • 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...
    • Four different variety love triangles in "Fifty Shades Darker. Examples such as Ana/Christian/Elena, Ana/Christian/Leila, Christian/Ana/Jack & Jose/Ana/Christian.
    • In "Fifty Shades Freed", there's Ana/Christian/Elena, Ana/Christian/Gia and Christian/Ana/Jack and that's all during a surprise pregnancy.
  • 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.
  • Moody Trailer Cover Song: Beyoncé recorded a slower, more sensual cover of her own "Crazy in Love" for the trailer of the first film.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Take a big guess.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Anastasia Steele, to the point where at age 21, she has no idea what butt plugs are.
  • Oedipus Complex: While defining that he's a sadist and not a dominant, Christian admits he gets sexually aroused from punishing women...who resemble his dead mother. Not surprised, considering that almost all his former submissive lovers resemble his mother vaguely in looks. Also his Freudian Excuse.
  • 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.
  • Shower of Love: Ana and Christian share this after she accepts his proposal in "Fifty Shades Darker".
  • 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.
  • Take Our Word for It: The audience ever get see the bomb Jack Hyde planted in Christian's office go off, nor any of the damage the explosion from it has done. Instead, the whole event is described by Christian's assistant, Ros, in a video call.
  • Tear Jerker: In "Fifty Shades Darker", Ana walks in the rain crying after Christian demands to be left alone with his former submissive Leila, accompanied with track "Helium" from Music/Sia playing.
    • In "Fifty Shades Freed", after revealing her pregnancy and Christian storms out, Ana talks to her belly and falls asleep crying in the red room waiting for Christian to come back.
    • The track "Deer In Headlights" during the fight scene didn't help either.
  • Trauma Button: In Darker, when Ana draws a map on Christian's skin with lipstick, he shakes every time she crosses a line with the lipstick which causes her to realize where she's not suppose to touch.
  • 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.

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