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Fifty Shades of Grey
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The Razzie Awards sure did drop some shade onto this movie...
Genre: Erotic
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Produced By: Dana Brunetti
Michael De Luca
E.L. James
Written By: Kelly Marcel
Based On: Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James
Starring: Dakota Johnson
Jaime Doran
Eric Johnson
Jennifer Ehle
Marcia Gray Harden
Rita Ora
Luke Grimes
Victor Rasuk
Photography: Colour
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 9, 2015 (Los Angeles)
Feburary 13, 2015 (United States)
Runtime: 125 minutes (Rated)
128 minutes (Unrated)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $571 million
Franchise: Fifty Shades
Sequel: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. The film is based on E. L. James’ 2011 novel of the same name and stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. This film (along with Fant4stic) won Worst Picture at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2015, and was released on February 13, 2015, by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. It is the first instalment in the Fifty Shades film trilogy and was followed by two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. As enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, Christian finds himself strangely drawn to Ana and her to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair -- and learns that Christian's true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.

Why It's Fifty Shades of Garbage

  1. It is based on an already terrible book. Why make a book adaptation that already has really bad writing?
  2. Really bad acting, especially from Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. No words to describe how bad the acting is, save for the latter's poor acting skills.
  3. The film has barely any plot whatsoever. It's basically just a plot for soft-core porn and abuse.
  4. The sex scenes are rather poor and just come off as disturbing, as they are just rape and torture!
  5. Christian and Ana's relationship has really bad chemistry. In fact, their relationship is more abusive than loving.
  6. The portrayal of BDSM in this film is so incorrect, it can be fatal to those who try it.
  7. Christian is a really unlikable character, as he stalks and abuses Ana throughout the film. He's also an big insult to maledom and dominatrixes, especially the males. What an abusive creep!
  8. Anastasia is also a huge Mary Sue. She's also a complete Bella Swan rip-off.
  9. Lazy directing of Sam Taylor-Johnson. Even the director herself hated the film. She said that her differences with E.L James caused her to walk away from the series.
  10. Really slow-paced. This is because of sex scenes, which come off as boring.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack is amazing courtesy of Danny Elfman, especially "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding and "Earned It" by The Weeknd. The former was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and the latter being nominated for an Academy Award of the same title.
  2. Beautiful cinematography thanks to Seamus McGarvey's excellent filming.
  3. The ending where Christian and Ana broke up was great.



Fifty Shades of Grey received generally negative reviews, with criticism of its acting, screenplay, and pacing, although Danny Elfman's score was praised. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 25% based on 269 reviews, with an average rating of 4.19/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen". Metacritic gave the film a score of 46 out of 100, based on reviews from 46 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.


  • The film was banned in Cambodia, Kenya, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, India, and Zimbabwe.
  • After its release, many parents are furious to discover this movie being shown within view of children's movie at the drive-in theatre of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which cursing to cancel the planned cinema trip and head home.[1]
  • There was initial speculation that the film could receive an NC-17 rating in the United States. Studios typically steer away from the adults-only rating due to the impact the classification has on a film's commercial viability, with some theatre chains refusing to exhibit NC-17-rated films. While screenwriter Marcel said she expected the film to be NC-17-rated, producer De Luca anticipated the less restrictive R rating. On January 5, 2015, the MPAA did give the film an R rating, basing its decision on "strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behaviour and graphic nudity, and language."

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