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

It's so good to hear your voice.

Dad... where are you?

I'm downtown... somewhere.

Could you pIease hold?

Do you have a message, Ms. O'Connor?

Tell him to sign the settlement.


Hello... ?

Hello, Dad?

How's work?


How's Mr. Grey?

He's fine.

Well... Peter called.

Some people have to wash something...

as soon as they've worn it

for like half a day.


- And then you got...

your more laid-back folk, who will

wash this stuff when it's dirty.

Which kind are you?

I'm the type of guy...

who wants to get married

and have a kid.

I wash my clothes

just when they're dirty.

Me too, and that

is what counts in a relationship.


In a relationship?

- In a...


May I interest you

in a little more?

Just a little more?

- Why not? Okay.

You're different than you were

in high school, Peter.

I've changed.

What happened?

- I had a nervous breakdown.

Me too.

Sort of.

Tom, I have this and these.


- Yes, Lee?

I've read that if you wear that

kind of underwear that it squeezes...

your 'thingies.'

Balls... my balls?

- Yes.

My 'grapes'?

- Your grapes.


- Your testicIes.

Your sperm gets 'squozen'

and then you can't have babies...

and I thought that you said

that you wanted to have babies.

There you go,

I said it.

To babies.


Diaper rash.

Breast feeding and crying.


Look at it.

Do you see that?

- What?

This letter has

three typing errors in it,

one of which is,

I believe, a spelling error.

I'm sorry.

- This isn't the first time, either.

There have been others

that I let go...

in the first few weeks.

This cannot go on.

Do you know what this

makes me look like...

to the peopIe who receive

these letters?

I'm sorry.

Type it again...

and get it right.

You're wasting my time.

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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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