While dramatic fireworks do ensue, this faithful adaptation retains much of Prose's satirical humor. Its ultimate message is open to interpretation and debate, but there's no arguing the quality of its acting. Tucci is nothing less than riveting in a role tailor made for his devilish deadpan wit. Timlin (the brilliantly understated star of future cult classics Little Sister and Like Me) more than holds her own opposite Tucci, completely nailing the ambiguity and myriad layers of Angela Argo. In fact, it's the women in Swenson's life who really steal the second half of the film, with Kyra Sedgwick making a typically strong impression as the professor's beleaguered wife.
One can quibble with Submission's third act, which feels a tad rushed in comparison to the book's impeccable pacing. The performances carry the day, however, and are the best of many reasons to see this sly, literate, button-pusher for adults.
The movie is engaging and the chapters written by Angela Argo is steamier than Fifty Shades. As the audience, I feel bad for Ted, since he seems to do everything right, up until he did not resist and stand firm on a line he should have drawn long ago, when he made his marriage vow. anyway, his behavior was inappropriate, but i felt he was the prey and not the predator in this drama.
in fact, i was wondering if he was going to steal his student's idea about the next book he has been trying to write or the past 10 years. well, at least he has his professional integrity.