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Does Fifty Shades Freed Even Pretend to Have a Plot? And What, Precisely, Are “Sex Jeans”?

Three critics discuss.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed. Not pictured: sex jeans. Credit: Doane Gregory © 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss moviesthe occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Slate culture writer and host of Represent Aisha Harris spoils Fifty Shades Freed with editorial assistant Marissa Martinelli and Brow Beat assistant Rachel Withers. Does the movie have a plot? Do we care? And what, precisely, are sex jeans?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.


Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.