Shawn's Synopsis: Sadist (boy) meets Masochist (girl) fresh from the mental hospital. Boy has run off many secretaries with his sadistic ways. Girl falls in lust (and, eventually, love) with his sadistic ways. After he sadistically denies her lust (and love), they eventually marry and live happily ever after.
It was interesting to watch the sadist struggle with the fact that his masochistic secretary like the sadism. So it eventually made it hard for him to enjoy it. (Because if someone enjoys the pain, is it really sadistic anymore at that point?)
It was a good movie, but I can never see James Spader without hearing Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink yelling, "You couldn't buy her, though, that's what's killing you, isn't it? Stef? That's it, Stef. She thinks you're shit. And deep down, you know she's right." It's one of the dangers of growing up in the John Hughes generation.
It's a strange movie. But it's not just strange to be strange...it's strange with a purpose. So you forgive it.