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Aro Favourite Secretary


USA 2002, 107 minutes
Dir. Steven Shainberg
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama, Comedy / Independent, Sex, Black Comedy, Romance, Girl-centric

Topics: Fetish.


Aroview: A spanking good black comedy detailing the bizarre relationship between a peculiar, ill-tempered lawyer and the meek secretary he off-handedly employs, this is a near-perfect adult fable; daring and subversive yet sweet enough to appeal to audiences both straight and wild.

Cheekily scripted and directed with a firm hand, this maintains a delicate balance of subject and tone and deftly exploits its sexual tension and hilarious release. But best of all are the performances - Maggie Gyllenhaal, in a career-defining role, phases brilliantly from dowdy, insecure waif to ‘empowered’ sex-pot and strikes a genuine chemistry with the ever-charismatic James Spader.

NZ International Film Festival 2003

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: widescreen

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