Lovelace Movie Review
It may be a lot to swallow, but there is now a Linda Lovelace biopic in which Amanda Seyfried plays the famous porn star. Lovelace, which also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick and Juno Temple, is a surprisingly decent if ultimately unremarkable drama.
Linda Boreman was just your average girl until she met Chuck (Sarsgaard), a charming man who ends up abusing her, convincing her to do pornography and even pimping her out. In other words, a real stand up guy. Boreman, under her stage name Linda Lovelace, proceeded to show off her unique talents in Deep Throat, one of the top-earning pornographies of all time.
Lovelace isn't nearly as memorable. It's a serviceable biopic that fleshes out the ups and downs of Lovelace's career and explains the circumstances she suffered through. But when all is said and done, there just isn't a lot to get you to pop your top.
Seyfried turns in a fine performance as the title character, as does Sarsgaard in a supporting role. Unfortunately, neither performance is explosive; Seyfried comes off as herself, just in a grittier role, and Sarsgaard is rather one-dimensional, albeit in the kind of way you love to hate.
But the actors can hardly be blamed. Lovelace is just one of many dramas released every year that lacks that special something, that extra hook that can pull the story out of generic territory. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but there's also nothing particularly titillating about it, either.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.