Who’s ready for “50 Shades of Grey” to hit the big screen? Don’t be coy. You know all about the erotic novel by E.L James. The movie adaptation is headed to theaters on Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and Hollywood Reporter is forecasting a $45 million debut. For some perspective, that’s a little less than “Interstellar” made during its opening weekend ($47.5 million), but more than “Gone Girl” ($37.5 million).
In honor of next week’s opening, here’s a rundown of all the details that have leaked and what we’re still waiting to find out.
What we know:
Jamie Dornan plays kinky businessman and part-time piano-playing helicopter pilot Christian Grey, a Seattle-based entrepreneur and bondage enthusiast. Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia Steele, the clumsy, virginal (but, spoiler: not for long!) co-ed who catches Christian’s eye.
The Sunday Times is reporting that the 100-minute movie contains 20 minutes of sex.
A particularly explicit scene from the book involving a tampon will not appear in the movie. Neither will a bizarre-sounding jellyfish sequence that director Sam Taylor-Johnson really loved. (“They’re so sexual, jellyfish,” she said.)
The movie managed to skate through the MPAA’s review process and secure an R rating for “unusual behavior,” which is, frankly, a pretty ambiguous euphemism.
How unusual is the behavior exactly? According to Taylor-Johnson, it’s not graphically explicit. “I know that’s going to be disappointing to some people,” she said during an interview with the Guardian. “It’s the build up and titillation of touch and sensuality. So I don’t think it goes into the realm of porn.”
Scenes that did make the cut: Christian hitting the hardware store where Anastasia works in order to pick up supplies for some kind of project involving rope, cable ties and masking tape.
And the whole meet-cute (meet-kinky?) survived — the awkward interview scene.