Synopsis: An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Steven Shainberg
Production: Lions Gate
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Less sugar in the coffee.

How did it go?

I got it.

I knew you could do it!


'Hello. You have reached the office

of Mr. E. Edward Grey.

Please leave your message

and the time you called

along with your phone number

and the best time to reach you...

and we...

will get back to you

as soon as possibIe.'



Type up this letter and send

four copies to O'Malley & Barrett.

Right away, sir.

That's good.

That's good.

So you're the new secretary?


Excuse me?

What exactly is a paralegal?

See ya.



and... wide.

I brought you these.

I think I accidentally threw out

my notes on the Feldman case.

Maybe you could...

- Go through the garbage?

Yes, Lee, thank you.

Why are you here?

I'm just waiting for you, honey.

But I'm here for five more hours.

I know.

Excuse me, sir?

It's okay.

I found another set.

This needs more sugar.

- Sugar?

And six copies of these.

Freshen up that trap, Lee,

and put out one more.

Mice like to go behind

the chairs too, Lee.

Just because

it's hard to reach...

does not mean we don't

take care of every possibility.

Here, give me that.

Thank you.

E. Edward Grey's office,

may I heIp you?

We're very happy with AT&T.

Thanks, though.

Is he in?

- Could you just wait one moment?

You're right,

that is a very good offer.

I'm going back now.

- Could you wait one minute, please?

Yes, I do understand that.


Excuse me?


Listen... I have no idea

if we make...

over $40 worth of long distance

calls to Chattanooga each month.

Tell him it's Tricia O'Connor.

Mr. Grey?


Mr. Grey?

Ms. Holloway.

Mr. Grey?

I'm not here.


I'm afraid he's gone.

Is that right?

E. Edward Grey's office.

Is that you honey? It's me.

- Daddy?

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Erin Cressida Wilson

Erin Cressida Wilson is an American playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author. Wilson is known for the 2002 film Secretary, which she adapted from a Mary Gaitskill short story. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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