9 1/2 Weeks

9 1/2 Weeks

DVD - 1998
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9 1/2 weeks is the length of the affair between two people that centers around a serious game of sexual dominance.
Publisher: New York : MGM/UA Home Video, [1998], c1986.
Edition: Uncut, uncensored version.
ISBN: 9780792838913
0792838912
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372/NINE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 06, 2018

I think the pitch for this was "It's Last Tango for the 80s! With yuppies and without Brando and, um, inappropriately used butter." In the 80s, if you wanted to break off a piece of manmeat, you had Mickey Rourke on your speed dial. Just watch him "Angel Heart." In perhaps his most controversial role (Second to his performance in "What Happened to Your Face Mickey Rourke?"), Rourke is a Wall Street guy (So 80s!) who doesn't ever seem to work. He picks up Kim Basinger, who works in an art gallery (So 80s!) and they begin a torrid and somewhat twisted affair for, yup, 9 1/2 weeks. Although I'm curious about that half week. Do they round up or down or is it really half a day? Here are some sexy things there sexy affair has: food (I can't believe he tries to feed her a whole head of cabbage.), a riding crop, cross dressing, a Joe Cocker song (Meow!), a big clock, a dank, wet subway, and another woman. Seriously though, it's about as sexy as a visit to the DMZ, and there relationship is one of power and submission, which just doesn't fly in 2018. Rourke doesn't so much act as brood and smirk. This is clearly a male gaze movie. Hack director Adrian Lyne also did sexy movies like "Fatal Attraction" and "Jacob's Ladder." While an indelible piece of 80s cheese, shot like an MTV video, it is very, very bad. Probably inspired "50 Shades." Followed by a straight to video sequel.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 03, 2017

A frank depiction of the dynamics of sexual power.

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Me_Tarzan
Jan 12, 2017

Yep. It's even worse than I thought.

Meet John Gray, the incessantly smirking prick of Wall Street. He may have picture-perfect hair, but he sure ain't no Romeo..... And meet Elizabeth McGraw, the ceaselessly pouting ho from Soho. She may have sexy, flyaway hair, but she sure ain't no Juliet.

And when John and Elizabeth get together for playtime in 9 1/2 Weeks - It has got to be some of the dreariest sexual-obsession soap opera that I've seen in a mighty long time.

If you can believe it - Back in 1986 this laughable, $17 million production, whose story was clearly 80% style over substance, was taken so seriously by its sexually-obsessed audience that it actually made back 6 times its initial costs at the box-office in no time flat.

On a side-note - I think it's really scary to see just how drastically Mickey Rourke's looks have deteriorated over the last 30 years. Seeing him now and seeing him back then, you'd never, ever guess that these 2 screen-images of Rourke are, in fact, one and the same person.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Oct 25, 2016

This film is rife with, perhaps its sole purpose is, brilliantly stylized erotica. The first time I saw it I was fixated on Mickey Rourke being uber-fine, & girlfriend is scoring gold watches & three hundred dollar scarves, so she doesn't seem to mind too much either, but I will say my inner women's studies major was doing one of these things for much of the film. Does the *really hot sex necessitate an abdication of control or consent somehow? Shades of the appalling 'Fifty Shades' franchise for me, or the painful sex of cats & porcupines. Enjoy this blow by blow: Kim Basinger is out in the rainy streets feeling her oats & shouts something at a passing car. Two dudes jump out & give chase, so the lovers lead them past an alley cat with a huge rat hanging from the maw, down a flight of stairs to an open basement where they begin fighting hand to hand. Somehow KB scores a loose switchblade off the attackers, but she screams & fumbles with it, like she's afraid to hold it even. Nevertheless hoodlum 1 flees in terror. Hoodlum 2 is pummeling MR against a wall so girlfriend screams again & stabs him in the buttcheek. He staggers up the stairs & away, allowing privacy enough for some more groin-joining, on the concrete stairs, in the rain, in earnest. This in addition to the wild sex in the clocktower (metaphor...!?), or the really rather disturbing hotel room scene with the Puerto Rican gal whose only designation in the credits is 'whore'. So not a terrible movie, I guess, if it's supposed to be cautionary, at least in part? Personally my sympathies will always lie with the humble cabbies & plumbers & bakers of the world (lookin' at you, Ronny Cammareri...!?) who can satisfy a woman without drawing her into a whole money-soaked, manipulative freakshow, although here the woman is certainly complicit too. Can you change him? Do you just walk away? Ask a lady porcupine...? CR

britprincess1ajax Apr 11, 2016

What a colossal waste of time. All sauce and no substance, 9 1/2 WEEKS was criminally boring. It felt about as long as its title implied. It had no plot and nothing interesting to say. It is truly empty of meaning. Neither Kim Basinger nor Mickey Rourke had compelling screen presence. I just don't get the appeal of this overblown softcore piece of hooey. Don't waste your time like I did.

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lindsey14
Mar 03, 2016

I'm a mickey rourke fan so I'm probably one of the few who liked the picture. in it's day it was racy and I loved Elizabeth's (character)style. kind of a grandfather to fifty shades, story of o genre for those that find this intriguing.

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hd683
Feb 23, 2016

The subject of erotica can be interesting at times if taken seriously, such as David Cronenberg's Crash, or Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. This soft-core effort from director Adrian Lyne, however, doesn't seem to take its theme of BDSM very seriously, but somehow expects the audience to be interested. Magnifying this miscalculation is Lyne's efforts to direct a series of "encounters" between Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger as exploitative music videos. If you are into trashy MTV-produced music videos, watch Madonna. This movie, in the end, has nothing to say about the human condition revolving around extreme relationships, and it doesn't really ever give us insight into sex at all.

oldhag Aug 01, 2012

Seemed so much more daring and dangerous when it first came out. Now, it just seems to be a sad story about a willfully delusional woman, and a cold-hearted man. I watched it with the sound turned off. Surprising how insipid the scenes appear without ominous music to clue you in on the scary parts; or swelling music to clue you in on the morose parts.
SPOILER ALERT: My recollection is that in the book the "heroine" doesn't walk away at the end, instead she has a nervous breakdown, and is carted off to an institution.
In fairness, the movie hasn't changed; I have.

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