|August 9, 2013|
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and some domestic violence
An entertaining biopic with a strong central performance from Amanda Seyfried, “Lovelace” captures the rise and fall of real-life porn star Linda Lovelace. Beginning as Linda Boreman, living with her strict parents, Dororthy (Sharon Stone) and John (Robert Patrick), it is not until Linda meets and marries suave Chuck Traynor, played completely convincingly by Peter Sarsgaard, that she escapes into a racier world. Taught by her mother to obey her husband’s needs, Linda descends into the rabbit hole pushed, by her ever-changing husband. Completely victimized and drawing complete shades of black-and-white, Chuck forces Linda to sleep with men for money and eventually to take part in pornography. Impressing porn star producers Butchie and Gerry played wonderfully by Bobby Cannavale and Hank Azaria with her sexual talents, the next step is producing the famous X-rated film “Deep Throat” with co-star Harry Reems (Adam Brody).
However informative “Lovelace” is, there’s a lack of distinction between tones. Partly humorous, partly sob story, this adaptation of Linda Lovelace’s story is treated more like a made-for-TV movie than an actual feature film. Although the superb ensemble casting helps keep the film on its feet, Epstein and Friedman’s endeavor never quite feels fully formed. Amanda Seyfried dominates the film, with spot-on expressions and a sexual freedom needed to nail this role. Peter Sarsgaard plays an excellent villain and begins to ascend to great heights with his role.
Some supporting roles are squandered, like Wes Bentley’s creepy performance as a monotone photographer or the almost non-existent Chloë Sevigny. Chris Noth as head producer of “Deep Throat” would have benefited from some more screen time as would Juno Temple, whose role as the best friend is swept under the rug. With an emotional performance, Robert Patrick delivers the most heartbreaking breakthrough of the film. Overall, “Lovelace” leans on Seyfried’s performance rather than a strong film and screenplay lifting up her performance, but regardless, it never fails to entertain and simply enough, gets its point across.