Fifty Shades of Grey

February 13, 2015 1:37 PM

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The record-breaking international phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey, the book about an inexperienced young woman's journey into bondage and submission at the hands of a troubled young billionaire, continues to roll on with the release of the long-awaited film version of the best-selling novel. Critics largely panned the book as being terribly written, and I'm guessing movie critics will be equally scathing since it's hard to make a good movie from weak source material. But as with the book, I doubt that will stop women of all ages -- many of them in slightly tipsy groups of friends -- from showing up in droves to see if the movie lives up to the book, or to simply see what all the fuss is about. But with America's largely puritanical views on sex, and especially sex that ventures outside traditionally accepted definitions, what I'm most curious about is: Why this story? And why now? Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey below.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia "Ana" Steele, a soft-spoken college senior and virgin who is sent to interview 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for her school's newspaper. Despite Ana flubbing the interview while being intimidated by Christian's intensity ...

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