15 Popular Movies With Screwed Up Messages About Women

12. Secretary


It pains me to write this entry, because I love so much about this movie, but the ending is genuinely troubling. Secretary starts out as an interesting exploration of S&M relationships, a movie that’s both edgy and surprisingly intimate and real. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader are perfect until the point in which they actually end up together, when Gyllenhaal becomes a boring housewife who sits at home all day. Is this supposed to be her happy ending? For a movie about pushing boundaries, the conventional conclusion is strangely regressive.

Overall Quality Score: 8

Patriarchy Score: 4

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