9 ½ Weeks is about Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), an art gallery assistant who meets John (Mickey Rourke) while shopping one day. After they run into each other again, they begin seeing each other, and he begins making her explore her sexual and submissive side. As the acts he initiates become more and more envelope-pushing, she must decide whether the excitement of their relationship is worth the growing discomfort she feels.
All in all, I did like this movie, although it wasn't perfect. While Courtney and I watched it, about the only thing that I actually said to her was, "Man, this is one '80s movie." The sex scenes play like early music videos, right down to the lighting.
Mickey Rourke, in my mind, is now the roided up hulk of The Wrestler, so it was especially strange seeing him young and svelte again. Although he was definitely good-looking back in the day, the guy he's playing is an absolute creeper. That was one bit that seemed unlikely to me - I just couldn't believe she'd have stuck around as long as she did.
Of course, this movie's most famous scene is the one where Rourke has Basinger keep her eyes closed while he feeds her all different kinds of foods. It's really a hot scene, but here's the difference ten years makes... When I was 25, I would have been all, "Shit yeah, I'm trying that." Now that I'm 35, I'm all, "I wonder who gets to clean all that up." Yes, I've been married for nearly 9 years, why do you ask?
RATING - I give this movie 4 Before and After Rourkes out of 5.
LESSON - Mix it up, keep it fun.