Lovelace is the story of Linda Lovelace, who became involved in the porn industry due to the abusive and controlling behavior of her husband along with others. It is also the story of how Linda overcame those obstacles to take control of her life.
Amanda Seyfried (Linda), Peter Sarsgaard (Chuck), Sharon Stone (Dorothy), Robert Patrick (John), Juno Temple (Patsy), Chris Noth (Anthony), Bobby Cannavale (Butchie), Hank Azaria (Gerry), Adam Brody (Harry), Chloe Sevigny (Journalist), James Franco (Hugh), Debi Mazar (Dolly), Eric Roberts (Nat).
Lovelace begins by first showing us the innocence of Linda's life before meeting Chuck Traynor. From there the film dives into Linda's manipulation through abuse by Chuck and her involvement in porn before she decides to make more of her life. While interesting, the film moves quickly through key points while laboring on less important moments making for a strange, almost disconnected, presentation of her life. The shift from porn to Linda's life afterwards is abrupt and changes the emotion of the film toward the end.
Acting was good with Seyfried doing a nice job in a difficult role. Sarsgaard also did well in his role though shifts between loving and abusive felt incomplete. Stone, Patrick, Cannavale and the remainder of the supporting cast did nicely.
Much of the camera work was done in 70's style making the film feel somewhat dated at times. Sets and backgrounds felt consistent with the genre and were well done. Physical effects were minimal but good. Dialogue was entertaining and kept with the genre, as did sound and soundtrack.
Overall Lovelace was more interesting as a biography than it was entertaining as a film. With decent acting and technical qualities the film was enjoyable but at the same time lacked energy.
With nudity, foul language, adult content, drug use, violence, and explicit sexuality save this one for adults and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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