Parents' Guide to

Fifty Shades of Grey

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Lackluster take on best seller is extremely graphic.

Movie R 2015 125 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 18+

Why man why

This movie is just filled with sex. That's all it is! You don't even have to watch the movie, just go on YouTube and search up fifty shades of grey scenes and watch. I think this is 20+ My 40 year old sister can't even handle it. And I'm 34!!! At least put a warning of sex before you even let someone pay for it. Not even parental controls are approved when you pay for it on Prime.
age 18+

If this is shown to anyone under 18 that's child abuse

If this is shown to anyone under 18 that's child abuse

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (143 ):

It's all relative, of course, but this movie is infinitely better than the poorly written book it's based on, which is a best-seller because of the naughty bits, rather than the prose. As expected, the script nixes some of the book's more cringe-inducing elements (no "inner goddess" or constant exclamations of "Geez") while staying faithful to the minimalist storyline. Johnson is actually quite good as Anastasia, giving her the right amount of vulnerability and curiosity, but Dornan is nothing more than scowling eye-candy. He doesn't have a commanding enough presence to be believable in his role, though at least he's got the brooding right. While the pair generates more heat than the negative press about them would suggest, it's not nearly enough to merit the third of the movie they spend having or talking about sex.

In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey's best moments have no nudity in them at all: an innuendo-filled conversation in the hardware store where Ana works, for example; or a silly drunken phone call; or the early part of a "business meeting" to negotiate what Anastasia will and won't do with Christian. The sex is shot in such extreme close-ups that audiences might find themselves unintentionally laughing at the contrast between Johnson's unwavering enthusiasm and Dornan's look of sheer boredom or disinterest. Devoted fans of James' trilogy will be thrilled to know that the studio has committed to making all three of the books into movies, while those who were expecting an utter disaster will have to settle for an "erotic movie" with a soundtrack that's sexier than its storyline.

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