Saturday, April 23, 2011


Steven Shainberg

Erin Cressida Wilson
Mary Gaitskill
Steven Shainberg

James Spader
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Jeremy Davies
Lesley Ann Warren
Stephen McHattie
Patrick Bauchau
Jessica Tuck
Oz Perkins
Amy Locane
Mary Joy
And many others...

Lee holloway ( Maggie Gyllenhaal )

Edward Grey ( James Spader )

Joan Holloway ( Lesley Ann Warren )

Burt Holloway ( Stephen McHattie )

Peter ( Jeremy Davies )

Lee's father is an alcoholic, and her mother and father spend more time fighting than anything else.

Lee's snobbish sister is living in the guest house with her new husband.

Lee's boyfriend and husband-to-be is an underachieving outcast with his own mental problems.

These are the things she has to look forward too, when she is released from the nut-house. She was in there for an alleged suicide attempt.

She is little-red-riding-hood, and her family is the big-bad-wolf.

Lee hurts herself everytime the pain of her family life becomes too much for her to handle. It's relief for her. Like when a tea kettle releases steam.

Lee is unskilled and unemployed. So she takes a typing course. After graduating, she applies for a job at Edward's office. The interview is strange, but not as strange as everything that follows.

Edward is just as screwed up as Lee. He's like two different people. He's aggressive when he's doing his job, but a coward in his personal life.

Almost immediately, they start a bizarre, but painfully joyful, relationship.

Will Lee slay the wolf, and live painfully happy ever after?...

Edward: "There's something about you..."

Edward: "Why do you cut yourself Lee?"

Lee: "Oooooh... I'm your secretary..."

Edward: "Pull down your pantyhose and underwear"

Lee: "Every journey begins with the first step"

Lee: "There was the one who liked being tied to a gas stove, while the burners were on full blast, and I had to throw tomatoes at him"

Edward: "We can't do this twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week"

Sylvia: "There are no statutes capable of controlling the relations between men and women"

Tricia: "The worm... amazing..."

Region one
Company - Lionsgate
Rated - R
Extra #1 - Trailer for Secretary
Extra #2 - Commentary with the writer and director
Extra #3 - Behind the secretary featurette
Extra #4 - Still gallery
Inserts - None


PRICE - $5.99

NO!... Love truly does hurt, especially when Lee and Edward get together.

In my opinion, neither of these folks seemed to like themselves. However, by the end of the movie, they not only love each other, they also end up loving themselves.

James Spader is of course, incredible. He is one of best actors in the history of Hollywood. I love watching him play odd-ball characters. Maggie Gyllenhaal also kicks cinematic-ass.

I really love this movie. It's one of my favorite relationship themed flicks ever. I highly recommend it, especially if you hate romantic comedies - aka torture porn - as much as I do.... ;)


  1. OMG I love Secretary, I watched it with my husband a couple of years ago and we were really impressed at how they took you into a kink and you ended up, if not vowing to take it up, understanding where they were coming from in indulging in it.

    Not only that, they take self-harm and make it understandable, relate it to sado-masochism, and show how all those destructive impulses can implode and destroy themselves if love is added into the mix.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal is a marvel in this. Her transformation from victim to master of her own destiny is marvelous to watch; we were cheering her on at the end, as her commitment to her chosen course of action was revealed to be complete.

    Thanks for bringing this film into your blog - I'm inspired to find a clip for my blog from it as well.

    Take care - Suzanne

  2. Thanks for the comments Suzanne... and I agree 100 percent in regards to both the movie and Maggie Gyllenhaal... her performance is truly oustanding... Rai...