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Here's Why You Should See "Secretary" Before "Fifty Shades Of Grey"

E. Edward Grey > Christian Grey. Spoiler alert for both movies!

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First off, both films are about a shy brunette who falls for an elusive Mr. Grey and has S&M sex with him.

Secretary, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, came out in 2002. Fifty Shades (the book) came out in 2011 and the movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is scheduled for 2015. HMMMM.

So is Secretary, but it gets way more subtle.

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Touching a thigh under a table is a trope we've all seen before. But that graze of Edward's thumb against Lee's pinky??? Legendary.

Mostly though, Ana and Christian's romance (spoiler alert) doesn't ever blossom into a real, truly loving relationship.

It ends with Ana learning that she's incompatible with Christian and leaving him.

But that's exactly what happens in Secretary, and not in a super slipshod way either.

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Along the way, both characters grow and explore their own personalities in ways they haven't before.

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