Lovelace (2013)


“Your mother, she – every time that Johnny Carson mentions your name, she changes the channel. I saw your movie. I don’t even know who that was up there. That’s certainly not my little girl. I had to walk out. Is it something we did? I keep thinking it has to be.” – John Boreman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the life of Linda Lovelace who became an overnight star in the world of porn with the help of her husband.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was interested in seeing how they depict this very controversial issue.

The movie shows in explicit details how Linda Lovelace was used and abused by her husband and his friends and it is not an easy thing to watch.

The story is able to show how young and naive people can be influenced and taken advantage of by others when they least expect it to because they are generally seeking love and acceptance from those people.

They do a nice job showing the various contrasts between the kind of lifestyle she grew up with and the one she chose to lead once she began to rebel against her very conservative parents.

Amanda Seyfried does a nice job in the title role and is able to show us her character’s vulnerabilities along the way.

Peter Sarsgaard also does a wonderful job with his character despite the fact that we are not really meant to like him or anything he does.

This is not an easy film to watch because of the harsh subject matter which is shown in a very straightforward way.

This actually hurts things a bit because of how up front they are with things because it makes it more difficult to watch.

There are some parts of the story that seem to be glossed over and that’s a shame because it takes away from the potential impact that such a story could have.

Bottom Line – Very graphic depiction of the way that Lovelace was used and abused by her husband and his friends.  The film is able to show how young and naive people can be taken advantage of when they are seeking love and acceptance. The film does a nice job showing the contrasts between the kind of lifestyle that she grew up with in the house of her parents and the way that she rebelled once she wanted to go out on her own. Seyfreid is great in the lead role and is able to show the vulnerability of her character. This is not a fun film to watch because of the way that it shows things in a very straightforward manner and that actually hurts things a bit because it is so up front about everything that it makes it more difficult to watch. Sarsgaard is also great here despite the fact that we are never truly meant to like his character. The story seems to gloss over many parts of what really happened and that takes away from the full impact that this story could have had.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lovelace claimed that Deep Throat (1972) made $600 million at the box office. In his review of Inside Deep Throat (2005), Roger Ebert wrote “Since the mob owned most of the porn theaters in the pre-video days and inflated box office receipts as a way of laundering income from drugs and prostitution, it is likely, in fact, that ‘Deep Throat’ did not really gross $600 million, although that might have been the box office tally.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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