I did not read any of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy nor did I see the film that opened up on Valentine’s Day weekend. And I have no interest in reading or viewing this tale of man, woman, and their bondage.
Listen, I love a great romance movie. Rom coms are my guilty pleasure. But the concept of 50 Shades of Grey doesn’t titillate me in the least. I’m not a big reader of romance novels, and there are plenty of good steamy movies in my queue. For example, have you ever seen Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen in “A Walk in the Moon?” He may be the “blouse man” but he is sexy in this fabulous film! Or, may I suggest watching the “Scarlet Letter” with Demi Moore and Gary Oldman? I remember seeing that film in college and falling head over heels for Gary Oldman. Crazy, right? Watch the scenes of them in the barn. Steamy! Who knew a book that we were all made to read in high school could be so seductive?
There’s, of course, the romantic movies that don’t necessarily deliver the sex scenes, but tug on the heart strings: Notting Hill, Love Actually, Two Weeks Notice…wait, I just noticed that all of those films include Hugh Grant…other goodies include Roman Holiday, Sabrina (the original and the remake), Something Borrowed, Leap Year, and The Holiday.
Yes, a sexy movie is always fun. I love a good Lifetime movie. But I don’t think I’ll be turning 50 Shades of anything anytime soon. If you see it, let me know what you think!