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Fifty Shades of Grey cinema-goers angered by how long it takes to get to first sex scene

BY ANTONIA MOLLOY

Fifty Shades of Grey is reportedly a bit of a slow burner.

According to one of the very first reviews, there is no sex at all for the first 40 minutes – and only 11 minutes of raunchy scenes throughout the entire two-hour movie.

Based on James’ best-selling trilogy about the relationship between playboy billionaire Christian Grey and naïve student Anastasia Steele, the film is expected to be a risqué romp through the world of dominance and submission.

But a reviewer from The Sun said the early scenes of the movie rely more on sensuality and tension between the couple, played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, rather than full-on sex. Apparently, the audience were getting "restless".

However, the reviewer said that little is left to the imagination when things finally do heat up: "They make every one of those 11 minutes count with boobs, bums and even a glimmer of Jamie’s manhood making it on to the silver screen."

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the 18-rated film has been criticised by domestic violence campaigners in America, who have called for a boycott ahead of its official premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday.

Three leading US cinema chains – AMC, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark – have requested that theatre-goers do not bring whips, ties, ropes or more into screenings.

Meanwhile, the film has been banned in Malaysia for being "more like pornography than a movie".  Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it contained "scenes that are not of natural sexual content".

Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled for release in the UK on 13 February - just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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