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Fifty Shades of Grey is not a good movie, but it is, at least, a movie with a whole bunch of sex.Ā An edited version of the BDSM-themed romanceĀ has flopped in Vietnam, which maaaaay have something to do with the fact thatĀ every single loveĀ scene ā€” minus some kissing ā€” was cutĀ from the release.

Naturally, there's been plenty of controversy about the raunchy movie, at home and abroad: it wasĀ banned outright in Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and India. (In France, Fifty ShadesĀ was given the equivalent of a PG-13 rating, because France.)Ā But Vietnam proved uniquely insistent on having its sex-cake and censoring it, too.


"AĀ five-year-old could watch it," an unhappy Vietnamese moviegoer told the Independent. "Even the trailer was sexier."

Worse, given that a) a fullĀ 20 minutes of screentime are devoted to sex and b) the plot literally centers on the dominant-submissive sexual relationship between beady-eyed billionaire Christian Grey and inexplicably breathy college senior Anastasia Steele, it turns out that there's not much left when you scrub out all the nudity, spanking, moaning, and so on.

Audiences were reportedly left confused and frustrated by the incoherent story that messily unfolded before them.Ā Welcome to the Red Room, where Iā€¦ do stuff. Sign this contract, which requiresĀ you toā€¦ do stuff.


Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.