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5 films about porn that are better than 'Lovelace'

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Let the record show that "Lovelace" wasn't necessarily bad, per se. But perhaps for the first time in years, I actually agree with critics who are on the fence about this one. Some claim that this star-stuffed affair even missed the mark. In the end, I felt like one those people, who after seeing a bad play, does not want to be the first one to clap. Even Amanda Seyfried (who stars as Linda Boreman aka Linda Lovelace) admitted that doing this kind film could ruin her career. But she wasn't required to do nearly as much as Linda in order to become a star. Topless qualms aside, Seyfried's dewy performance as the fictional star of "Deep Throat" just wasn't quite enough to give the topic sufficient "meat." I thought about all the other films bringing light to the adult movie industry, and realized that several others get their point across much better. Here's the short list:

"Love Ranch" (2010)

Helen Mirren stole the show in "Love Ranch", which gave us a peek into the legal brothel business in Nevada in the 1970s and (fictionalized owners) Sally and Joe Conforte's interesting marriage. It wasn't exactly a porn biopic per se, but does loosely follow true events surrounding the killing of Sally's younger lover, boxer Oscar Bonavena. The movie's edgy cast and grainy feel perfectly affect vintage adult fare. If anything, this movie trumps "Lovelace" simply because it balances charm and tragedy without going overboard.

"Boogie Nights" (1997)

We shouldn't be too surprised that comparisons are instantly made to Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 monster hit, "Boogie Nights" -- in which some incredibly loose parallels have been drawn to the life of late porn star, John Holmes. But there are few films that introduce the genre with the kind of charm and pinache that allows us to relive this retro landscape. Indeed Dirk Diggler's rise to stardom was a lot more colorful than Linda's. Although Lovelace's story wasn't retold for chuckles, some greater attention to her other nuances could have brought her story to life.

"Auto Focus" (2002)

Greg Kinnear puts on a cheery face as Bob Crane, the late star of classic TV program "Hogan's Heroes." Highlighting one of Hollywood's most mysterious murder cases, "Auto Focus" follows the darker side of one of TV's biggest legends. This 2002 thriller was more about Bob's extracurricular pornographic endeavors instead of anything deemed "professional." But it's Crane's gradual descent into his dark world that made "Auto Focus" interesting on multiple levels. Somehow we get the idea that Lovelace had many layers to her complicated life. It's unfortunate that we only get to peel away one or two.

"A Serbian Film" (2010)

There are few movies that I can only digest once. "A Serbian Film" (banned in several countries) happens to be one of them. It's right up there with the "Human Centipede" movies in terms of stomach-ability (extremely bad pun intended). That this movie isn't based on true accounts is definitely a good thing in this instance. The main character of "A Serbian Film" just so happens to be a popular adult film star who's been offered a role in an "art film." This foreign chiller delves quickly into snuff territory with gross abandon. It's hard to call this movie enjoyable on any level. But for pure shock value alone, this movie lingers in the subconscious longer than anything we'd find in mainstream theaters.

"Rated X" (2000)

The Mitchell Brothers caught flak for opening an adult movie theater in 1969. In this movie, they spent about as much time in court as they did frolicking with their pretty ladies. At any rate, this is probably the film that "Lovelace" should have been. One thing "Rated X" has going for it is the obvious on-screen chemistry between real-life brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez who star as Jim and Artie Mitchell. These two are credited with bringing Behind the Green Door" -- another legendary adult film -- to the masses. History dictates the tragic ending of "Rated X." And even though "Lovelace" has its own darkness, perhaps we could have seen more of Boreman's life after leaving Chuck. (Ironically, Traynor eventually married "Behind the Green Door Star" Marilyn Chambers.)

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