9 1/2 WEEKS (1986)

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Elizabeth (spoilers!)

I kind of . . . don’t know what this movie was about. We wanted to watch this for the same reason that I’m guessing most people wanted to watch it: the much-discussed sex scenes between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. But other than the sex, there’s just not much there.

First of all, it was almost distracting to see Mickey Rourke. Because, at least in 1986, he was really good looking. I haven’t seen much of Rourke’s work, so I pretty much only know him as he is now. And that looks like a completely different person from 1986 Mickey Rourke. I mean:

Here’s Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 Weeks:

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Here’s Mickey Rourke now, as I’ve known him:

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It’s just crazy to me. This obviously has nothing really to do with 9 1/2 Weeks itself, but it was still weird.

So 9 1/2 Weeks is about Elizabeth (which was not lost on me), played by Kim Basinger, who works at an art gallery in New York, and John (Rourke) who works on Wall Street. They meet randomly and start dating sort of randomly (I mean, not really though, they’re both pretty gorgeous). John obviously makes Elizabeth nervous with his assertiveness but he never actually seems dangerous. I don’t know how many there actually were, but it felt like there were a lot of montages of them having sex in various ways, including a too-long scene (with weird, slapstick music) of them sitting in front of the fridge while he feeds her blindfolded. The relationship gets more and more intense; at one point John accuses Elizabeth of going through his stuff (which she did) and he tells her he’ll punish her. When he sees her again, it starts off like he’s going to rape her, but it’s soon clear that it’s totally consensual and Elizabeth is really into it. There’s another, weirder scene when Elizabeth and John get attacked by a group of thugs on the street; Elizabeth attacks them back with a knife and they run away and John and Elizabeth immediately have sex right then and there, in the alley where they had been attacked. Now, maybe it’s just because that sounds horrifying to me, but the whole scene was so insane that it seemed like it was being crazy just for the sake of being crazy.

The movie basically continues on that way until it just . . . doesn’t. One morning after a crazy sex night, Elizabeth leaves John’s apartment forever. Before this, John tried to give Elizabeth details about himself, I guess hoping that would make her want to stay in a relationship longer, and after she leaves he talks to himself about how he loves her and wants her to come back, but instead the movie just ends.

I really shouldn’t be shocked that the movie is literally Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke meeting, having sex for 9 1/2 weeks, and then ends. But I definitely hoped it would be more than that. There’s such a lack of context and character development I honestly think everyone would be better off watching porn.

Christopher

Ever since I’ve known about this movie all I ever really knew was sex was in it. I have always been told that it’s one of the “steamiest” movie out there. And I have to say it was pretty fucking sexual. I loved that part of it! It constantly feels intense and even though Mickey Rourke is kind of mean to Kim Basinger they both obviously are into each other and will do whatever the other says. I don’t know a lot about 50 Shades of Grey but this movie made me feel like they are pretty similar.

All that being said this movie has absolutely no plot. It really couldn’t have less of a plot or an ending. So if you’re into celebrities geting naked watch this film!!!! If you’re interested in anything else you can definitely skip it.

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