An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
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wasted. The friend that had me watch this with him STILL owes me 2 plus hours of my life back. I will never forgive him for telling me this was a "great movie". Maybe in Hades...
Usually it's not my game to publish spoilers on this site but fret not, there isn't much to spoil here (were it not for film-like credits and sporadic bursts of tub-thumping music, you might in fact mistake this for a soft core video) -- they meet at a butcher's, eye oh so suggestively, then meet again, and again, and again. That's your film there. Humble apologies. Both Rourke and Basinger should look fetching to their respective audiences. Their attire showcases delicious variety over all the rendezvous, ranging from wet and clingy to missing in action. Yet they traipse through their shenanigans like cyborgs, hissing much of the time and looking so painfully unsure one has an uncontrollable urge to furnish an obligatory smack on the head and a pointer to get on with it already. I'm delighted for reviewers here who found something to enjoy in this teenage fantasy yarn -- the delicate vicissitudes of romance, the subtle games thereof, the dynamics of eros, all that jazz. Frankly, this reviewer would much rather have some semblance of a story, thank you. That failing, some goofy chitchat of the Before Sunrise variety would be fine. But all play and no talk makes 9.5 weeks an awefully dull time. I watched it with a 4x fast-forward, stopping at strategic locations as fitting, but that hardly makes for a recommendation does it.
May contain some spoilers:What I find incredibly ironic about our society ( North American that is )is how hypocritical we are when it comes to sex. I mean let's face it,manypeople over the age of 18 have had it at least once and many people areconsumed by it. And as long as it is consentual, protected sex andintentions are never misleading, then what is wrong with sex, even if itiswith someone that you are not in love with. Sex can be a powerful thing.Because if you think about all the feelings that you can experience duringthe act, they really range perhaps more than any single act that you canthink of. Everything from pure lust to passionate love can be felt at onetime or another during sex. And I find it funny that certain institutionsor groups try to deny or at least restrict people from fulfilling one ofthemost basic needs they have as an animal. Nine 1/2 Weeks explores thepowerof sex. It examines it and doesn't shy away from what it wants to say.Andfor a film that is almost 14 years old, I have to applaud it for pushingtheenvelope of what is acceptable and what is loathed.Kim Basinger is a successful but lonely woman living in New York City.Shemeets a stranger who buys her an expensive item that she could neverafford.But he buys it because he can. This starts the intrigue between the two.He is the tall dark mysterious man that doesn't really reveal much ofhimself. He is obviously incredibly wealthy, but it is not reallyrevealedwhat it is that he does. And that feeling of subserviance is paralleledwhen the blindfold scene is presented to us later in the film. Hecontrolshis life by controlling others. He has his world under his control andthatincludes his sexuality towards her.Some say that this film doesn't really have a point or that it has no plotbut to show a lot of soft core sex scenes. But look at it a little morecarefully and you will see that it does have much to say. It just has tosay it about sex, and many people can't handle that. Sex is topic that istaboo. It is something that shuold stay in Pandora's box buried in someancient Egyptian catacomb, never to be unleashed on mankind. But AdrienneLynne is a bit of a renegade, that, or he grew up in Europe where sex islike eating. They are both necessary to live.This film also has a perfect mood setting soundtrack. Songs like Slave toLove and Eurasian Eyes are just as important to the film as the lightingandthe set design. Then there is Joe Cocker's famous " You Can Leave YourHatOn" melody that is the perfect song for Basinger's strip tease. Thesesongsheighten the mood and make you feel a part of the world that you arevoyeuristically watching.I'm not going to comment on the plot and the acting and the direction ortell you what this film is about. It is a film about a relationship thatisdoomed because of it's sexuality, that is all you need to know. Judge foryourself how good or how bad it is. I personally liked this film verymuchand I do recommend it. It has a lot to show and a lot to say about ourpsyche when it comes to "doing it". But don't take my word, make up yourown mind.
It was HOT! For couples who are feeling frisky, this might add a spark that'll lead to a flame. Kim was a her best, so was Mickey.
What amazed me about this film was the underappreciation for MickeyRourke's performance. After watching the film a couple of times I amfar less fascinated by Kim Basinger than by Rourke's character Jon.Sure Jon was very aggressive sexually with Elizabeth, and many seem tounderstand this as being crude or offensive. Instead Jon strikes me asbeing more honest than slimy. While other men in Jon's position, awealthy commodities broker, would try to use his position to win overElizabeth, Jon just straight-forward lets her know that he wants her. Ialso don't think Jon merely wants Elizabeth for sex. Clearly he enjoysher company for more than just that, in fact he shares a great deal ofhis world with her. I think what is offensive about Rourke's characteris that Jon is so unapologetically male. First, Jon has a high-poweredjob which at the time was extremely risky and lucrative. Yeah, whileJon lives in a fancy apartment and buys Elizabeth nice things, it isclear that he is not a trust-fund baby but a guy who worked his way tothe top with determination and balls.That helps explain the most difficult scene in the movie. Elizabeth hasbeen snooping through his stuff and Jon returns enraged and semi-rapesElizabeth. Earlier that evening Jon had promised to take care ofElizabeth and provide for her every need, which is quite a commitment,and he leaves her alone for a short time but finds that he alreadycannot really trust her. His response to her actions is bizarre, firsthe wants to spank her then he forcefully makes love to her. Is itabusive? Yes probably. What the hell does it mean? Well, here you havea guy who is in an extremely competitive position where he has scrappedhis way to the top. In his position weakness and vulnerability get youdecimated in your job, and most women you meet probably only want youfor your money. Jon takes a chance with a girl he meets randomly who heseems to have a real connection with, and almost from the get-go shecompromises his trust. He forces himself on her because he is desperateto have connection with somebody who will be a refuge for him, yet fromhis perspective he already cannot trust her. The rest of the movie, all of the sexual escapades, including the sexscene at the end with the prostitute is Jon trying to determine howmuch he should really give himself to Elizabeth. The scene whereElizabeth shows up at his work is indicative of this. Clearly he is nothappy at first that she showed up there. Judging from the size of hisoffice this guy is at the pinnacle of success, and letting somebody heisn't sure he can trust into that world is very risky for him. Not onlydoes it reveal himself to her, but it reveals to the other peoplearound him that he is vulnerable. For men of power in that kind ofposition, vulnerability can destroy their careers.The prostitute scene at the end wasn't just some other kinky escapade.I think it was a final test for Jon so that he would know whetherElizabeth was really committed to him or not, or if she was onlyviewing their relationship as a sexual game. To him it was the only wayto know how exclusively she cared about him. When she reacted by makingout with the random guy in the porn theater, Jon finally understoodthat she really did care about him. By that point, however he haddestroyed any trust she had in him.Basinger's character, Elizabeth in contrast, was far less complicated.She enjoys her friends, has a good relationship with her parents, andeven has a decent relationship with her ex-husband. If you contrast thetype of jobs the two have in the movie, it is easy to see the dramaticdifferences in their lives. Elizabeth casually jokes with her boss andco-workers, and the biggest pressure in her life is whether an artistwill show up at a show. This movie was about all of the things that sex communicates, andultimately Rourke brilliantly pulls off a complicated character who isunabashedly male and dying to be vulnerable at the same time.
This movie was outstanding. The dom/sub thing was so subtle that it really pulls you into the story without even realizing it. There was such a fine line between sexual excitement and true fear. It was like one was bleeding over into the other. Extremely sexy.
For years I had heard about this movie and how erotic it is, and inparticular about the fridge scene. We finally rented it, and I nodded of afew times (in the early evening). It was a boring movie, with no apparentpoint to the story. The plot went nowhere, and the sexy scenes weren'tespecially. As for the fridge scene - YAWN.
I SAW 9 1/2 WEEKS 16 YEARS AGO AND THE IMPACT HAS NEVER LEFT ME.I BELIEVE WHAT MAKES THIS FILM SO ADDICTIVE IS HOW THE DIRECTOR IS ABLE TO TAKE SUCH A SKIMPY SCRIPT AND MAKE IT INTO AN EPIC WORK THROUGH A KALEIDOSCOPE OF VAST IMAGERY.THERE IS ALSO A CONTAINED FURY OR PERHAPS A INNER INTENSITY THAT IS GRIPPING FROM THE FIRST SHOT TO THE LAST.JOHN(MICKEY ROURKE) IS A CHARACTER OF POWER,CHARM,AND A EERIE MYSTERY THAT IS ALURRING MAKING IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND HOW A WOMAN COULD FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM.ELIZABETH IS A TENDER FRAGILE BEING THAT IS ALL TOO READY TO GIVE HERSELF TO THE MAN SHE LOVES.UNFORTUNATELY SHE GIVES HER HEART TO A MAN WHO IN THE END CRAVES ONLY TO POSSESS HER LIKE A TOY.IT IS A SAD AND TRAGIC TALE THAT MAKES YOU WONDER HOW COULD ELIZABETH BE SO BLIND AND FOOLISH YET WHEN WE LOOK AROUND WE SEE HER IN OTHERS OR POSSIBLY WITHIN OURSELVES.SCENES OF EROTICA ARE MASTERFUL AS THEY BUILD UP TO EXPLOSIVE CLIMAXES OR IGNITE IN A FLASH OF SWEAT AND FIRE.THIS IS TRULY AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL SPARK A FLAME WHETHER IF IT'S IN THE PASSION OR IN THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR ELIZABETH AND JOHN.AN UNFORGETTABLE VOYAGE THRU THE LAND OF THE TWISTED AND WEAK THAT WILL REMAIN WITHIN YOU FOR AN ETERNITY.OSCAR F.
I love this movie for the blindfold scene in front of the fridge, it is a classic scene very erotic, but for me the movie is a bit slow but nothing that KIM BASINGER can't change, watch her striptease. The soundtrack is awesome. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
This review is from: 9 1/2 Weeks (DVD) Mickey and Kim were at their very prime and their best back in 1986. No other actors could have done it better.
The exploits of a successful Wall Street business exec(..he "buys andsells money")and the Street Gallery assistant who he meets in a littleChinese food store. He wishes to explore her sexual boundaries, seeinghow far she's willing to go, until the game reaches a stopping point.It's all exciting and liberating for her, as she does let herinhibitions go to a certain extent, but when his demands becomeincreasingly humiliating and uncomfortable, their 9 Â½ weeks could cometo an end.Like Zalman King, Adrian Lyne has always been a provocateur, his filmsdealing with sex and it's consequences on those who partake. It's allfun and games until the relationship begins to evolve into somethingmore serious. All of a sudden, sexual challenges are frowned upon asburdensome, soon progressively disrupting the potential harmony whichmight've existed if the rules had been mapped out differently. Asstands, the whirlwind romance is bound to hit a snag with feelingshurt, perhaps even damaged beyond repair. I figure I'm in the minoritybecause I really liked this movie. While I don't think it's as racy hasit's reputation, there are still a fair degree of eroticism. Lynereally devotes a great deal of time to NYC, it's variety of people andculture as O'Rourke and Basinger spend time running around, eating invarious places, taking in the many sights to offer. Their lurid sexualrelationship is explored exquisitely through the evocative lens ofPeter Biziou's cinematography..his use of sunlight and various lightsof the city enhances the mood and look of the film, particularly whenBasinger's body is explored(..along with an obvious double). O'Rourkeis O'Rourke..a handsome, confident, commanding presence who can speakmore by saying less, a better performance than he was probably givencredit for. Basinger, I felt, was really, really good, often hercharacter is put through a great deal of emotional turmoil, from thecelebration of sexual liberty to the throngs of distress when sherealizes that her relationship with O'Rourke will not last, oftenquestioning herself..I think she was treated too harshly by many in thecritical community in what was a very difficult performance. It's abalancing act really for Basinger, and we see a series of emotionalpeaks and valleys as any relationship would take if it were like herswith O'Rourke. Very attractive leads lovingly presented on screen, Ithought their work together generated a fair amount of erotic heat. Iadored Basinger's little grins, attempting to hold them and unable todo so because she obviously drawn to her pursuers quiet advances. Ialso like her range of reactions, surprise and unease, when O'Rourkeproposes certain "tasks" for her to perform. The film followsBasinger's life apart from O'Rourke, too, her ex-husband's buddingrelationship with her pal & co-worker(..also presented subtly, andinteresting enough this relationship blooms because the demands areless potentially abusive) and the reclusive artist whose works she isable to get a gallery show for.I think what impressed me more than anything else was the titillatingcamera work showing a lovely woman's body turned on by her partner'svarious experimental methods(..such as the ice cube and honey ), alsoadmittedly enjoying Basinger's "performances" for O'Rourke. This couldbe because I love how Basinger looks in this movie and the camera justworships her. But, most importantly, I loved how Basinger and O'Rourkeoften communicated with each other using facial expressions and limitedwords..it's this kind of communication that's often unappreciated whenwe look at performance by actors.
This review is from: 9 1/2 Weeks (DVD) I enjoyed this movie. Very sexy story, although, it does become quite disturbing at the end. I recieved this item in a timely manner and in good condition for a used DVD. I have no complaints and would buy from this seller again.Thank you.
Does anyone know where I can find it, or download it? Jack Nietszche (sp?) composed the score, andI'mwondering why it isn't on the soundtrack. Any help isgreat!
Hmmm. Sex creates confusions from lonliness. That is what I got from thisfilm.Kim Basinger is great but the guy star of this is too sleazy. Sex can go alongway if you want it to, but the virtual plotless film of this should nothavebeenmade. Maybe some of that deleted footage people hear about would clearthings up...
This movie was very well thought out, with a very deep and disturbing plot.It is not just a "sex movie" although from the box it appears so. I thinkthat the reason that many people have not given it a high rating is becauseit is intense, and many people may find it disturbing to watch it.
This is movie is artfully crafted and filmed. GREAT CASTING! Mickey Rourke has the rep of a bad boy but is as sexually desirable , decadent, almost insatiable as he has ever been on film. Kim Basinger is also exotically gorgeous as Elizabeth. These two create a gem of a film not to be missed!!!
This review is from: 9 1/2 Weeks (DVD) I enjoyed 9 1/2 Weeks. I found it to be very sexy and quite erotic. The kitchen scene was delightfully yummy! The chemistry between Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger was absolutely steamy. A very good and spicy couples movie.
This review is from: 9 1/2 Weeks (Amazon Instant Video) 9 1/2 Weeks is one of my favorite movies and definitely worth five stars. However, I just watched the Amazon Instant video and it is a watered down version that cuts the pivotal scene where John (Rourke) tells Elizabeth (Bassinger) that they'll play a game where she needs to crawl on all fours and pick up the money he threw on the ground. If you're a first time viewer of this movie the deletion of this scene might not bother you, but if you're a 9 1/2 Weeks enthusiast like I am, you may find it disappointing like I did.
This review is from: 9 1/2 Weeks (Uncut, Uncensored Version) (DVD) Very erotic movie. Places a whole to meaning to the term "sex in the city". Well worth watching....purchase a copy and enjoy with your significant other.
I've always been crazy about this movie. I first saw it when I was 14years old (in 1987, a year after it came out). At that time, myhormones were raging, and frankly I just got off on it. However, I alsothought it was a visually beautiful film with a cool soundtrack. Not tomention, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke are great to look at. I thinkthe acting was decent on the part of both, but stronger from KimBasinger. You really saw and palpably felt her vulnerability andoverall anguish. I personally think it is her best performance to date.My main critique of the movie has always been that it didn't strike meas all that severely "shocking" in sexual content. Even for 20/25 yearsago, none of the sexual activity that took place struck me, even then,as so incredibly "S & M." Most of the stuff they did is stuff that I'dlike to do, and I'm a far-cry from being into S & M. The "rape" scenewasn't much of a rape, and I would argue that LOTS of women, even onesnot into S & M, like the idea of being thrown on a table and a hot guysort of forcing himself on you, especially if it's your boyfriend whoyou're attracted to but just happen to be mad at for that particularmoment. The food in front of the refrigerator -- granted, not everyonegets that playful with sex -- but is it really so evil anddominating/submissive? Having sex standing up in a clock tower afterrunning up several flights of stairs? Sounds great... Even her dressingup as a man...that seems more dorky than it is domination/submission.The fight they had with the thugs...didn't seem like something "John"planned in order to humiliate her or dominate her; it's just somethingthey ran into.In essence, the film always left me thinking "What's the big deal?" Icouldn't even imagine why she'd leave him, based on most of the stuffthey did. (SOME things were out of line and scary, but not most...andthe things that were a little shocking were things he SAID, notanything they actually did)I recently read the actual memoir by Elizabeth McNeil, and liked it alot. It's an amazing book. Well-written and didn't strike me asoutdated for being written in 1978. I loved it...It even reinforced my view that the movie was not anythingjaw-dropping. The book is much more serious about the S & M activity.The movie was done much more like a romance, and that's okay, really.But even if you're going to turn the book into more of a romance, itstill could have stood to be a little more faithful to the book as faras seriousness of sexual activity.