Fifty Shades of Grey

The number one movie in America is none other than the sexual escapades of Christian Grey in, Fifty Shades of Grey.  The movie’s debut was monumental as it doubled its budget this Valentine’s Day weekend, earning an estimated $85 million.

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E.L James’ best selling novel proactively comes to life in the movie’s adaption.  Dakota Johnson and Jaime Dornan star as the world’s hottest fictional couple, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.  Life gets a little complicated when Anastasia has to decide if she’s willing to submit.

Starring as Mr. Grey, Dornan is immensely “dominant” the entire film.  Even with early talks of other candidates to portray Christian Grey, Dornan has proven to be fully enamored into the character who is adored by many.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first of a movie trilogy and it is important for Dornan to hit the ground running. Even with one little mistake, book nerds all over the world would have dissected the credibility of the movie.  But, he effortlessly keeps his end of the bargain.

The movie was intense- no, like intense, intense.  And you know it is serious when someone says the word twice.

This is definitely not a movie for the sexually awkward. The movie’s overall idea circled around submission– about who or what you are willing to submit to.  In a sexual relationship, I personally coined white women as the submissive stereotype, because in reality, it is a trait that can overpower all women.

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A few times during the movie, I was thinking to myself, “I wish he would”– simply refusing to perform some of the items requested.  But, with more thought, I can recalls times when I submitted to some non-sexual acts far worse.

And after awhile, submission slowly becomes the standard.

Like Christian Grey, men are widely praised as the protectors, bread winners, and patriarch.  While women are often times considered the inferior species.   But, there’s a thin line between submission and comprise in relation to gender specific roles.  Healthy submission comes with non-physical perks. It’s called compromise.

Who are you willing to submit to?

4 Stars: With no reading prerequisites, Fifty Shades of Grey is thoroughly enjoyable!

The To Do List

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Do you remember Trapper Keepers, skorts, Home Improvement, Bill Cosby sweaters, or the unstableness of a waterbed? Gas was $1.16 a gallon (no fuel perks) and Bill Clinton was recently elected as the 42nd President of the United States.

In 1993, I was 5 years old. But I got a taste of high school in the early 1990s after watching CBS Films The To Do List starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and Scott Porter. Brandy Clark (Plaza) recently graduates from high school and realizes that she’s an inexperienced virgin. After pressure from her promiscuous friends and well-endowed older sister, Brandy creates a to do list of sex acts she wants to commit before she goes to college in the Fall. With the entire summer at her disposal, Brandy learns a lot about herself as a lifeguard at a local swimming pool.

Like most teenagers, Brandy is curious about sex and her innocence only exacerbates her interest. Her big sister, Amber (Rachel Bilson) gives her useless tips on how to “score,” while her best friends, Fiona (Alia Shawkat) and Wendy (Sarah Steele) complicate their friendships by fighting over guys.

This is the first I’ve heard of Aubrey Plaza but she was absolutely brilliant. She’s pretty much the Stacey Dash of the millennium. Like the Clueless superstar, Aubrey Plaza is 29 years old and easily plays the role of a 17-year-old. Plaza is frail yet cute and spunky and she completely dazzles the big screen as sexually awkward Brandy Clark.

It was easy to reminiscence because the music in the To Do List reminds you exactly where you were in 1993. I know you’re thinking I was riding my big wheel and watching Mister Rogers but I remember songs like O.P.P by Naughty by Nature and MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. The movie is also filled with sex songs that coincide with the movie’s raunchiness like 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny, Rump Shaker by Wreckx-N-Effect, and Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-n-Pepa. It’s hard not to believe that an average high schooler in 1993 wasn’t thinking about sex with all of the sexual music references.

4 Stars: The To Do List, in theatres July 26th, is refreshing yet proactive. Definitely not appropriate for anyone under 18 but an accurate account of how teenagers feel about sex. It’s juicy with new comedy and overall, a moviemaking delight.

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