Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Friday, 10 April 2020

Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes.

  • The pitch:

    Not punishing.

  • Starring:

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Bruce Altman, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden

  • Directed by:

    James Foley

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People held at gunpoint, slapped. Helicopter crash. A woman receives unwanted attention/touching from an intimidating man. A child is grabbed. A woman has a drink thrown in her face. Vandalised car seen. A photo of a man's face is burned with a cigarette. Sexual seduction/abuse of a young man by a trusted friend discussed. Boy expelled from schools for brawling mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead body on floor (drug overdose/seen in flashback). Bloody face/head. Bandaged wrist. Cigarette burn scars on chest.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None: (just kidding). A couple has frequent realistic-looking sex/oral sex in the bedroom, in the shower. Kissing, undressing, breast-touching, bum-slapping, nipple-sucking, caressing, spanking, digital penetration. Objects inserted into vagina. Woman tied up (leg/arm binds). Room full of bondage gear/sex toys. Full male nudity (rear/side views), full female nudity (pubic area mostly obscured). Woman in skimpy lingerie, knickers, etc. Man in underwear, workout gear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (cocktails, wine, beer, champagne). Bar setting. Smoking. Dead crack-addicted mother/drug overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling (ass, douchebag, ruthless, sleazy, ridiculous, sadist, mousy, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my God, Jesus Christ, go to hell, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Sex, relationships, bondage, domination, submission, sex toys, wealth, publishing, masquerade balls.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother (drug overdose), dead husband (car crash), girl slit her wrists mentioned. Helicopter, full moon, fireworks. Teaser trailer during end edits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fun, lip-glossed, sticky, expensive-looking, diverting, sexy, enjoyable, silly, soapy, funny, loose, light, serviceable. Great performance by Dakota Johnson, sleekly styled visuals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Shallow, repetitive, pulseless, perfunctory, diluted, drippy, dopey, vanilla, superficial, familiar, safe, empty, laughable, dull. Harlequin-esque/nonsensical dialogue, slow-moving/boring first hour, meandering/mundane plot, baffling editing, sex scenes become voyeuristic/grating/groan-worthy, Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey is uncharismatic/unsexy, relentless female nudity but very little male nudity.

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