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Lovelace (2013), the story of Deep Throat and the destruction of Linda Boreman

February 26, 2014

MY CALL:  AMAZING acting and crushingly real character transformations make Lovelace a great film worthy of a bigger release than it received.  MOVIES LIKE LovelaceThe People versus Larry Flint (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and 54 (1998).

This is the story of Linda “Lovelace” Boreman, her 17 day career in the porn industry making Deep Throat, and her painful before and after.

Rising from prudish origins in 1970 Florida, Linda (Amanda Seyfried; Epic, Les Miserables) is discovered go-go dancing at a skating rink by a deliciously sleazy Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard; Green Lantern, Rendition).  Chuck is charming and cleverly manipulative as he caters to Linda’s insecurity and emotional shortcomings.  In no time at all he moves her into his home, “teaches” her the oral techniques that brought her fame, and infuses her with a sense of confidence and belonging that she clearly never before felt living with her abrasive parents (Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick).

Sorry, guys, if I’m throwing you under the bus here.  But, women, NEVER trust a man with facial hair like this.  NEVER!

Swiftly after their wedding, Linda learns of Chuck’s (now “their”) financial problems.  So they meet with pornographers Butchie (Bobby Cannavale; Parker, Win Win) and Gerry (Hank Azaria; Hop, Love and Other Drugs), impressed by her oral gifts.

The characters of Gerry and Butchie were both performed superbly.  They are such nice guys you just want to invite them to your grandmother’s 90th birthday.

All of the characters we meet in the adult film industry are charming.  Not just smooth, silver-tongued devils wooing Linda into the industry, but properly kind, sweet individuals who are grateful to be working with her.  Butchie and Gerry are nothing if not endearingly played.  Porn star Harry (Adam Brody; Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Scream 4) is immediately likable.  Her promo photographer (Wes Bentley; The Hunger Games) teaches her to feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera.  And Hugh Hefner (James Franco; This is the End, Oz the Great and Powerful) candidly impresses on her that she is more than simply a porn star.

James Franco as Hugh Hefner.  This just made sense!  Good casting.

As Linda is transitioning into porn stardom, and with every invitingly kind pornographer we meet, we find Chuck becoming increasingly jealous and abusive.  He slowly becomes all of the things (and so much worse) that she was fleeing when she ran into his arms.

The hangover of her manipulated path to stardom–the revelation of the frailty hiding behind the illusions and the sadness behind the glamour–is all too familiar. The People versus Larry Flint (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and 54 (1998) find their characters fragmented and their souls disarticulated before our eyes in crushing reality much as we find with Linda’s transformation.

All of the actors embraced their characters and did an amazing job; AMAZING.  This film received little attention or advertising regarding its release and this is a shame.  I hope more people eventually find their way to this excellent film.

SAD FACT:  Deep throat made $600 million. Linda made $1,250.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2014 10:12 am

    There was a lot of interesting material here that the movie could have clearly gone into more detail about, but for some reason, just chose not to. Odd, and ultimately, a big disappointment. Good review.

  2. johnleavengood permalink
    February 26, 2014 9:43 pm

    True. They could have added 60 minutes (for a 150 min total) and gone a much deeper route like Boogie Nights.

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