Not steamed up over Fifty Shades Of Grey

Not steamed up over Fifty Shades Of Grey
Cinema still: Fifty Shades Of Grey.

It is probably one of the most sexually explicit films to be passed uncut for a commercial release here.

It has been banned in Kenya, Indonesia and Malaysia, where the authorities described it as "more porno- graphy than a movie".

But some Singaporeans who watched the R21-rated Fifty Shades Of Grey - released last Thursday - think the sex scenes do not live up to the movie's hype.

Full-time national serviceman Aaron Donovan, 21, who watched it with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, says: "I thought the scenes would be raunchier and more intense, based on the news I read online and what friends who read the book told me.

"The sex scenes were steamy, but definitely not as hardcore as pornography."

For realtor Khoo Ai Kim, 57, who watched the movie with two female friends last Friday night, there was "nothing spectacular" about the bedroom scenes.

She says: "After the hoo-ha about this show, I had some expectations that there is more sex on screen. But there is nothing much at all."

Fifty Shades Of Grey, a two-hour erotic romance adapted from E.L. James' best-selling book, features a relationship between female college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

It contains 20 minutes of sex scenes, featuring elements of bondage, discipline and sado-masochism (BDSM). In some scenes, Steele has her hands bound with a necktie or rope.

Six out of 10 people who talked to Life! say they are not surprised that the film was passed uncut.

Student Denise Chiew, 26, who saw the movie last Friday with three female friends, says: "The sex scenes were tastefully done and not explicit. I was not offended by them at all.

"In fact, I think they were crucial to developing the story, so the audience can understand the psyche of the male character. In any case, I think our society has matured over the years in terms of openness and acceptance of movies with sexual content."

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