9 1/2 Weeks

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Released 1986

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Director:
Adrian Lyne
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
9/12 weeks is Adrian Lyne's 1986 erotic-drama now available on Netflix. It stars Kim Bassinger as Elizabeth, a sexy NYC art gallery employee, and a young Mickey Rourke, in his original rise to fame, as john, a narcissistic wall street hot shot. The film is based on the book of the same name, and refers to the duration of the pair's taboo and lust-filled sex affair. Quickly after meeting John, Elizabeth is drawn to his sexual prowess and is taken to the very edge of her fantasies until the experience becomes emotionally too much for her to handle, in the reality of her life outside of the affair. Though not a huge box office success domestically, the film continues to draw an audience and raise eyebrows today due to it's deeply primal portrayal of sex in the world of everyday working individuals. It's most memorable scene has the couple combining sex and food, and is one of the first mainstream american film to portray the world of fetishism.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A project of this sort depends crucially on the chemistry between its actors, and Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke develop an erotic tension in this movie that is convincing, complic...

  • 50

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    In 9 1/2 Weeks, he has created a work that might well qualify as a truly nouveau film. Here is a movie in which actors impersonating characters are blended into the decor so comple...

  • 30

    Variety

    The virtual absence of anything interesting happening between them - like plausible attraction, exotic, amazing sex, or, God forbid, good dialog - leaves one great big hole on the ...

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    Drama

    Themes

    Coming of Age, Love & Romance, blatant misogyny, ruthless businessman, self destruction