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The evil boss: E. Edward Grey (James Spader)
The (not so) miserable employee: Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The vile task: Assuming the submissive position in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Must crawl on all fours, wear shackles and endure beatings during the work day.
Why she doesn't quit: One woman's pain is another woman's pleasure, so who's to say Holloway's abuse isn't appreciated?