How the Fifty Shades

February 17, 2015 9:59 PM

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How the Fifty Shades

Yes, the movie was better than the book. Of course, if you've read the book, then you know that's not saying much. The bar was pretty low to begin with. And one would hope that with a 40 million dollar production budget and a feminist director, that bar would inevitably be raised pretty high. Of course, as it's been widely reported, the author EL James did everything she could to keep that bar right where it was, for the sake of her die-hard fans. So the movie was an improvement, but not a miracle.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 26%. Ouch. We guess that's understandable if you're judging it as a stand-alone movie. But we would argue that you can't take it out of its context as Twilight fan-fiction turned historically successful -- and historically acceptable -- "mommy porn." If you judge...

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