Why was there a line in "Fifty Shades Darker" from the movie "Working Girl"?

Why was there a line in "Fifty Shades Darker" from the movie "Working Girl"? - Netflix Quote on a Red Screen

In Fifty Shades Darker, Anastasia (played by Dakota Johnson) gets a promotion and becomes "the boss". Another assistant in the office, who used to be her peer, is now Anastasia's assistant. Anastasia says to her, "I expect you to call me Ana. I don't expect you to fetch me coffee unless you're getting some for yourself. And the rest, we'll just make up as we go along."

This is an exact line from the movie Working Girl, which starred Melanie Griffith, who is Dakota Johnson's mother. Why did the the director or writer choose to include this "in joke" in Fifty Shades Darker? It doesn't fit with the tone of the movie (and the line obviously didn't come from the book!).

Best Answer

From USA Today, it was a tribute paid by Dakota Johnson to her mom, Melanie Griffith.

"That’s my favorite part," says Johnson, crediting screenwriter Niall Leonard (James' husband) for the idea. "I thought it was the sweetest thing ever. Because when has that ever happened in the history of film? And that’s also such an iconic line from Working Girl. So it’s so special."

(emphasis mine)

In an interview of James Foley, when he was asked about that line from Working Girl, he said,

That was an idea of the original screenwriter, Niall Leonard. He just felt like, when he was writing that scene, it reminded him of that movie and he just went with integrating that dialogue. Dakota was obviously aware of it and embraced it. I feel like it's sort of invisible in the film. It doesn't all of a sudden step out of its world and become Working Girl, but I think it's a nice inside baseball nod to her mom.

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What does the last line of Fifty Shades Freed mean?

"That being said, Anastasia has acknowledged and accepted the more sexual and dominating side of herself, which is a driving force in the film." As Ana becomes more dominant, her role as a submissive shifts; hence, the "topping from the bottom."

What is the message of Fifty Shades of Grey?

Basically, it's saying that Ana and Christian's relationship exists in a gray area. It's not defined by societal rules or the standards of typical relationships. It falls somewhere in the middle of wrong and right, but not dead center.

Who is the little boy at the end of Fifty Shades Freed?

FIFTY SHADES FREED In May 2012, Ana gives birth to Theodore Raymond Grey, named after his paternal great-grandfather and maternal grandfather via C-section after the baby was in distress during labor. Ana and Christian affectionately calls Theodore "Teddy" for short.

Is 50 Shades of GREY a true story?

Mysterious '50 Shades of Grey' character Christian Grey was based on Italian real estate agent. Selling houses just got sexy. Christian Grey \u2014 the mysterious lead character in "50 Shades of Grey" \u2014 was based on a smolderingly hot Italian real estate agent.

Dakota Johnson’s Tribute To Her Mother Melanie Griffith In Fifty Shades Darker

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