“Fifty Shades Darker” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
Sordid sequel in which a sadist billionaire (Jamie Dornan), yearning to revive his relationship with a book editor (Dakota Johnson) who doesn’t share his interest in dungeon doings, struggles to control his urges.
Whether Mr. Kinky Boots can kick the habit is one of the least compelling questions imaginable and the nonsexual scenes with which director James Foley pads out his adaptation of E.L. James’ novel range from the boring to the ridiculous. So anyone with a higher interest than mere prurience will be disappointed.
Excessive sexual content, including aberrant acts, graphic activity and much nudity, several uses of profanity, occasional rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.