Irish cinema 'bans' single men from seeing Fifty Shades Darker


OK, so it may be one of the more stranger stories you’ll hear this week, mainly because it’s meant to be a tongue-in-cheek request. But it still didn’t stop a cinema in County Meath, Ireland from making the announcement.

Panned… things haven’t been going too well reviews-wise for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Credit: Universal
Panned… things haven’t been going too well reviews-wise for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Credit: Universal

With ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, the sequel to the raunchy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, now in cinemas, the Irish Mirror reports that the cinema won’t allow ‘unaccompanied males’ into the screening.

Shocking behaviour… if only it were 100% true.

The playful phone listing for the movie sequel says;

“If you’re looking to go to ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and you’re bringing your boyfriend, you better keep lots of space between you. It’s on an 18 cert and I must stress that single men or married men on their own, any unaccompanied males will not be allowed in.”

Paul Egan, the person who recorded the amusing message for the Diamond Cinema was happy to talk about the content of the movie and that it’s his way of preparing audiences, despite not having actually seen it.

“Well, it’s meant to be a titillating film so I thought it might be better to keep the single men outside until we suss it out. Sure it could lead to all sorts of temptation with women’s hormones flying all over the place, while watching the film.”

Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Credit: Universal
Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Credit: Universal

It’s probably not the sort of prank that’ll amuse everyone but Egan finds the idea of the film as a point of lighthearted mockery: “It might be better to keep the men outside the door until we see if women can control themselves,” he mused.

Egan’s arguably saying what a lot of people are thinking about the sexy sequel, but his comments do come across as a little outdated: “The film is basically porn for women, going on what the distributors are describing to us.”

Paul did say that he’d seen a bit of the first film but fell asleep and said those types of movies “just don’t grab me at all.”

Despite the joke, some may find his comments a bit stale because, let’s face it, men can enjoy the steamy story just as much as women.

The film, featuring returning stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is in UK cinemas.

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