Taglines: Mr. Grey will see you now.
21-year-old Anastasia “Ana” Steele is a literature student at Washington State University’s satellite campus near Vancouver, Washington. When her roommate, Kate Kavanagh, becomes ill and is unable to interview wealthy entrepreneur 27-year-old Christian Grey at his company headquarters in Seattle for the college newspaper, Ana agrees to go in her place. Christian is interested in her, and soon after visits the hardware store where Ana works. He agrees to Ana’s request for a photo-shoot to accompany the article.
After the photo-shoot, Christian invites Ana to have coffee, but leaves abruptly, confusing her. For her graduation, Christian sends Ana first edition copies of Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Ana celebrates with friends, and, after drinking too much, spontaneously calls Christian. Concerned, he goes to the bar to find Ana, who passes out. She wakes up the next morning in Christian’s hotel room and is relieved when he says that they did not become familiar.
Ana and Christian begin seeing each other. After she signs a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from revealing anything about their alliance, Christian tells her he only has interrelations involving bondage. Ana reveals that she is celibate. While she is considering the agreement and negotiating her terms, she and Christian begin a procreative relationship that includes some of the objectionable practices Christian desires.
Christian showers Ana with gifts and favors, such as a new car and laptop. After moving to Seattle with Kate, Ana becomes closer to Christian. One night, she accompanies Christian to his parents’ house. During dinner, Ana mentions she is leaving the next day to visit her mother in Georgia. Christian is infuriated as Ana had expressed she wants romance rather than the one-sided relationship Christian is suggesting. She is shocked when Christian unexpectedly arrives in Georgia while she is visiting her mother. Christian leaves soon after to tend to an emergency in Seattle.
After returning home, Ana continues seeing Christian, who is still interested in further sexual experimentation. Ana initially consents and participates willingly. Christian, however, keeps Ana emotionally distant, upsetting her. While still considering the contract, and in an effort to understand Christian psychologically, Ana asks Christian to demonstrate how he would “punish” her for rule breaking. Christian whips Ana’s buttocks six times with a belt, making her count each time he strikes her. When he tries to help her up, she shoves him in disgust, saying “Don’t fucking touch me.” She is upset and finds it far from her romantic expectations. Ana concludes that Christian is wrong for her and that his practices border on being deviant and excessive and leaves.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a British-American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by British author E. L. James. It stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
Fifty Shades of Grey
Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden
Screenplay by: Kelly Marcel
Production Design by: David Wasco
Cinematography by: Seamus McGarvey
Costume Design by: Mark Bridges
Set Decoration by: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Sandy Walker
Music by: Danny Elfman
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 13, 2015