And who are the movie producers kidding? That thing is first cousin to a Hallmark Channel commercial! The R rating is laughable, given the nature of the book. I guess NC-17 (or XXX) lacks appeal as a date movie. So we’ll have a heavily-edited version in the theaters now, with a no-holds-barred DVD for sale later.
I have not read the books, but a person would have to live under a rock not to know about them. I’ve listened to a lot of talk and have read plenty. The review by Dave Barry is my favorite, which you can read here. (Be aware that Time has attached a trailer for the movie that you cannot turn off. What was on TV was a heavily edited version.)
And I have to wonder why this scenario is so appealing to women. Is the handsome, powerful, wealthy man so attractive that he can do anything? Does a legal contract between adults mean that one can take advantage of a young and insecure partner? Not in my book.
I had the same problem with Pretty Women. “It’s a Cinderella story,” one friend gushed. So is 50 Shades also considered a fairy tale? Rather tarnished, these modern fairy tales of ours. See, I thought the prince loved Cinderella for her beauty and her goodness. There was no need to first check out her good-in-bed-ness.
I teach teens, some from very well-to-do families. And the last message I want to send to any young man is that his wealth and good looks give him the right to have his way with a woman.
Okay, I’ll climb off the soapbox and get back to my original question: why the R rating? I suspect that decision was based on making the most money, don’t you?
Robin Helm’s Honorable Men is an excellent companion to this article.