Maggie’s Character: Lee Holloway
Release Date: 11 January 2002 (USA)
Directed By: Steven Shainberg
Screenwriter: Erin Cressida Wilson
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexuality, some nudity, depiction of behavioral disorders, and language.
Runtime: 104 min.
Box Office #’s: here
Lee Holloway is a smart, quirky woman in her twenties who returns to her hometown in Florida after a brief stay in a mental hospital. In search of relief from herself and her oppressive childhood environment, she starts to date a nerdy friend from high school and takes a job as a secretary in a local law firm, soon developing an obsessive crush on her older boss, Mr. Grey. Through their increasingly bizarre relationship, Lee follows her deepest longings to the heights of masochism and finally to a place of self-affirmation.
From the Gallery
- The song that plays over Mr. Gray and Lee at the end of the movie is “Chariots Rise” by Lizzie West. The original lyric is “What a fool am I, to fall so in love,” but the director did not want to imply that Lee was being foolish, and asked if it could be altered. Because she wanted the song to be in the movie, Lizzie West re-recorded the line as “What grace have I, to fall so in love.”
- Despite her character struggling to lift heavy objects and climb into a dumpster, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal had no trouble performing these tasks.
- Gwyneth Paltrow was originally cast in the role of Lee Holloway.
- Two posters were made for this film, one showing leads James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal and the other showing a model from behind bending over. Gyllenhaal admitted that the model was not her but it was someone who was dating her ex-boyfriend.
- Cameo: [Erin Cressida Wilson] In a scene in Mr. Grey’s waiting room, where there are three people waiting to see him, one of them is played by the film’s screenwriter.
- The producers got a permit for the wrong park when Lee walks home. The producer on set had to distract the local law enforcement that showed up while the scenes were filmed.
E. Edward Grey: Look, we can’t do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lee: Why not?
Lee: You’re not shy. You’re a lawyer.
Lee: I’m your secretary.
Lee: In one way or another I’ve always suffered. I didn’t know why exactly. But I do know that I’m not so scared of suffering now. I feel more than I’ve ever felt and I’ve found someone to feel with. To play with. To love in a way that feels right for me. I hope he knows that I can see that he suffers too. And that I want to love him.
Lee: Each cut, each scar, each burn, a different mood or time. I told him what the first one was, told him where the second one came from. I remembered them all. And for the first time in my life I felt beautiful. Finally part of the earth. I touched the soil and he loved me back.
[Lee refuses to remove her hands from the desk]
Peter: Are you doing something sexual?
Lee: Does this look sexual to you?
[Mr. Grey explains to Lee why he’s firing her]
E. Edward Grey: It’s your behavior.
Lee: What about my behavior?
E. Edward Grey: It’s very bad.
E. Edward Grey: Why do you cut yourself, Lee?
Lee: I don’t know.
E. Edward Grey: Is it that sometimes the pain inside has to come to the surface, and when you see evidence of the pain inside you finally know you’re really here? Then, when you watch the wound heal, it’s comforting… isn’t it?
Lee: I… That’s a way to put it.
E. Edward Grey: Do you really wanna be my secretary?
Lee: Yes, I do.
E. Edward Grey: This isn’t just about typos, tapes, staples and pencils, is it, Lee?
Lee: No, Sir.
E. Edward Grey: What?
Lee: No, Sir!
E. Edward Grey: You’re Fired!
Lee: No, you’re Fired