Lovelace (2013)

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5.5 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 7/10

Gritty look, Deep Throat scenes

Dull and plodding biopic, leaves you wanting the documentary

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Lovelace

Studio:  Millennium Films

Genre(s):  Drama

Release Date(s):  January 22, 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)/August 9, 2013 (US)

MPAA Rating:  R


Porn…what could go wrong?

Linda Boreman (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman with dominating parents (Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick) who got in trouble at an early age.  When Linda meets Chuck Trayner (Peter Sarsgaard), Linda thinks she’s found love.  Getting married, Chuck and Linda find they are desperate for cash to pay back debts and Chuck thinks he has the solution.  Chuck has asked Linda to make a porn movie called Deep Throat.  Renamed Linda Lovelace, Linda’s life is going to change quickly as she becomes a household name and a phenomenon.

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lovelace is a biopic of Linda Boreman better known as Linda Lovelace.  The movie went through a lot of casting changes before hitting the screen and was released to mixed reviews.

Lovelace seems like a good idea on paper.  The story can be erotic, tragic, and even humorous (Deep Throat is ridiculous).  Instead Lovelace trucks on slowly and dully through most of the movie.


James Franco stops by to perv on Linda as the Hef

Linda Lovelace’s story is horrible.  Yes, she entered the world of porn rather willingly, but it identified her life.  She was an abused, and everyone seemed to know it but did little to help her because she was making money…lots of money.  It is the tragedy of so many Hollywood stories but on a larger scale.  The movie doesn’t feel like it get to the real root of the issue however.  It feels empty and formulaic.

The movie also wastes actors who are decent.   Amanda Seyfried has proven herself in various movies and tries her best with the script but fails.  Peter Sarsgaard has a lot of range, but seems to sleepwalk through the movie (like most of the cast).  Robert Patrick, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Chloe Sevigny, James Franco, and Bobby Cannavale are all wasted.  The whole movie just gives off a bland feel that it never can surpass.


Who do you think you are Linda trying to out white-fro my white-fro?

The best aspect of the movie is probably the look.  It does have a bit of a dirty ’70s feels to it which is fun.  I think that the movie should have really focused on this (like Boogie Nights).  The recreation scenes of Deep Throat are also quite entertaining…too bad they can’t offer Deep Throat as a bonus disc.

Lovelace isn’t very good.  It is dull and tedious.  The sensually is knocked out of the movie by the story (intentionally…porn leads to bad things), but the story isn’t able to hold up on its own.  It left me more interested in watching documentary Inside Deep Throat more than the movie.

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