Henry Ford did not invent cars . . . (by tadpole-596-918256)
. . . any more than Linda "Lovelace" Boreman Traynor Marchiano instigated oral sex for the first time in human history. However, without these two controversial citizens, neither device would be as prevalent in today's America. The viciously anti-Semite Ford produced his vehicles mainly through a reign of terror overseen by hired guns from the mob at the River Rouge mother plant and elsewhere. Linda popularized her skills under the gun and iron fists of her blue Ford Mustang-driving lover\husband\pimp, Charles "call me Chuck" Traynor, as documented here in LOVELACE. <more>
Wasn't it President Truman who once said, "It doesn't matter whether you're talking cars or sex, you generally get what you pay for"? It's called Free Enterprise, and the winners have always been the ones with the most and the largest guns. This movie shows that Linda had access to so much sex education in high school during the Hippie's "summer of love," she had to put her baby boy up for adoption before even graduating. But there's not one scene to show that she had even a single minute of gun education to protect her from the Chuck Traynors of this world, despite her pops--John Boreman--being a cop in Yonkers, N.Y., where her first pre-movies child was born. Then her devout family fled in shame to Traynor's Florida, and the vehicle for the world's first half-billion dollar film was set in motion.
Compelling, moving, and beautifully done (by scott1953)
I was in college when Deep Throat was released and Linda Lovelace Boreman had her flash of fame. I vaguely recalled that she later her life, but I was unfamiliar with the details. I had misgivings about seeing "Lovelace." I assumed, incorrectly, that it would be sensationalistic and tawdry. I am glad that I overcame my reluctance and then read Linda's book Ordeal . The film is compelling, moving, and beautifully acted and directed. It deserves to be nominated for best picture.Amanda Seyfried gives a sensitive and superb performance as Lovelace -- she should be nominated for <more>
best actress. Peter Sarsgaard is more than solid as as Linda's husband, Chuck Traynor. Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick provide heartfelt and touching performances as Linda's parents. The supporting cast is first rate throughout, as is the musical score.Younger audiences who have grown up with the internet may find it difficult to relate to how a porn film and star could have received so much attention in the early 1970s. Perhaps this explains in part the film's mediocre ratings in this outlet. But this film is superb. It should not be missed by those who remember the uproar. It has much to offer for viewers who don't remember but appreciate fine movies.
Good movie. Very hard to see thinking of that it happended irl
Amanda Seyfried's Best Performance (by Slasher_Lover23)
Lovelace follows the life of known porn star Linda Lovelace Amanda Seyfried , who leaves her conservative household to be with Chuck Traynor Peter Sarsgaard . When Chuck brings Linda to an audition, Linda believes her dream of being an actress is finally happening. Things change when she finds out it is for a porno film called Deep Throat. Although the film does bring her to fame, it's not the fame she desired. The film also depicts Linda's personal life and the abuse by Traynor that she went through and her courage to speak out against spousal abuse and the porn industry.I admit I <more>
have never seen Deep Throat and not very familiar with Lovelace's story. But after seeing this film, my heart really broke for this girl. Especially for the way the film was shown. It goes from showing Linda happy in the spotlight, but then takes a dark turn and goes back to show just how tragic her life was behind closed doors. The all star cast does a great job here, especially Seyfried playing the title character. She gives the performance of her career here. She conveys so many emotions here, and your heart just breaks for the character, especially when she interacts with her estranged parents during her time of need. I also loved the 70s style in which it was filmed. Highly recommended movie for great performances and a really sad and cautionary tale.
Here is the story of a woman raised in a very restrictive environment who manages to jump from her own idea of hell into something alluring but much worse, and in a reverse model of the siren calling, she falls prey to a predator who abuses her in physical and psychological ways. The film doesn't make her a saint by any means, but it explores in a quick manner how there is more than one angle to the story.Truly, Lovelace was a landmark figure in the adult world industry. Through the exploitation of her talents some questionable characters end up exposing mainstream audiences to risqué <more>
entertainment. Whatever it was, the curiosity factor, the novelty, or some clever lucky stroke of marketing, she goes on to become a celebrity; however, her dreams are quickly dashed as Linda realizes she needs to leave this industry or risk losing her life.There is probably enough material in the life of Lovelace to give us a complex and multi-layered miniseries, but there are enough important events included to hint at the background of many of the main characters. The acting allows to peek inside their existence. There is outstanding work by Sharon Stone, practically invisible as Lovelace's mother, a cold figure who hides so much by limiting her emotional connections to others. She pretends to be tough and insensitive, but it is really more a facade for someone who never recovered from some horrible experience. Sadly, this is what pushes her own daughter away and leads her into more perilous situations.At the center of the story is the destructive and corrosive relationship between Linda and her husband, a man whose selfish nature threatens to destroy those close to him. Some of the most difficult scenes to watch is his treatment of Linda, who at first doesn't realize what she is going into, but then she realizes there is only one way to survive, if it is not too late.Siegfried and Sarsgaard are very good. She making a Phoenix like return from her last films to show how a character that is deceptively simple could be composed of many layers and facets. Her eyes are particularly good at expressive a range of emotions and growth. Sarsgaard is an example of how low a human being can go in order to get what he wants.Overall, it is not very deep, but it studies a time in history where changing was happening in a very fast way. The question is whether that type of change was good and whether we have learned anything from our past actions.
I must say, I'm quite disappointed... in movie critic nowadays. I'm not sure how other reviews of this movie are so low. I can only fathom they are die hard rel******* fanatics against all exposed skin on camera. The movie was great was start to finish, the actors were amazing, and enough Amanda Seyfried to make you fall in love with her. The full frontal nudity is just a bonus. They do a great job of making the porno scenes really seem like a cheap XXX movie and still show the characters do a great job in their actual roles outside of their XXX movies. I hoped to see a bit more of <more>
Juno Temple, although she has her fair share of movies coming out where she will get her chance to shine again.So if you're of age and of and have an open mind, I assure you, you will enjoy this movie.
Note: I'd like to think the reason so few have found my review helpful is the fact that I inappropriately and accidentally used the word "humane" instead of "real". That's changed now. If that's not the reason... I guess people are just idiots I was drawn to this movie because of the leading star - Amanda Seyfried. I've seen her on "Big Love" and "Mamma Mia" and consider her a both talented and beautiful actress. This goes to show it. "Lovelace" has you or maybe just me switching from smiling to frowning at many occasions, <more>
which I think a good movie of this genre should do.The director finds a perfect balance between the naked truth literally and keeping it classy. And, while the movie has some very sexy elements in it, you can clearly see that the emotions and developments of the main character, Linda Lovelace, is the main attraction. What she goes through and how she handles it, seems very real - at least in the mindset of the '70s, I imagine. And it is real, it is a true story. One that has you both intrigued and disgusted, and, most importantly, in awe of Amanda Seyfrieds impressive acting.Although I normally don't enjoy dark movies, "Lovelace" looks so sunny and glamorous on the outside, which of course is part of the charade, but that also makes a depressing story a little bit more tolerable. 8/10
Lovelace is one of the saddest, grimmest films I've seen this year, in contrast with the film she starred in Deep Throat, which I found hilarious and very amusing. The film shows her life and her entry into pornography at a very young thanks to a devious hustler, and how her performance in the aforementioned pornographic film launched her career as an actress.As a biopic, Lovelace hits pretty standard notes, however, it never dips in quality or falters in its material. This is likely the strongest biopic that could've made about the woman, with an R-rating that is. Clearly we can see <more>
the crew behind the picture would've loved to go further in the sexual explicitness of the film, but the film always seems to be fighting to keep its R-rating in place. This really isn't a complete bother seeing as how, if the film was NC-17 - or not rated at all - one scene could've been much ore explicit than it is now. The scene isn't explicit at all, but the way it is set up and the way it plays out is almost as horrifying as it is to imagine. The scene takes place in a hotel room rather late in the film; that much I'll say.Linda Lovelace is born Linda Boreman and is played by Amanda Seyfried, a gifted actress in possibly her strongest role yet. The early scenes of the film show her full of energy and life, but ultimately bored by the monotony of middle class life. Her parents played by Robert Patrick and an unrecognizable Sharon Stone are typical conservative Christians of the late-sixties, early-seventies, and Linda finds herself caught between being a free-spirit and a woman of submission in a male-dominated world.Linda is approached by Chuck Traynor Peter Sarsgaard , a man who can be a girl's dream or a girl's nightmare. Traynor woos Linda with his smooth talking and gets her to audition for the adult industry. Linda winds up landing the role in Deep Throat, a subversive film for the pornographic industry, alongside Harry Reems. Reems tells her just before they shoot, "just tune out the rest of the world; live in the moment." And that she did. After "Deep Throat" premiered in every seamy theater in America, and hundreds flocked to see it, Lovelace was an overnight star. However, she was treated like a piece of meat, frequently beaten by Traynor, manipulated and verbally assaulted, and eventually forced into prostitution. It's no wonder why in her later years she began advocating against pornography.Seyfried is a tremendous Lovelace, replicating her beauty, naivety, excitement, fear, and confusion in the industry effectively. She turns the woman into a truly sympathetic character, whose decision to do an adult movie ruined a good segment of her life and the lives of others. I find people underestimate the courage and subtle bravery of porn stars, and instead, are quick to demean them for their choices and disregard them as petulant, horny subhumans with no soul or feelings. Sarsgaard, as well, plays a frightening and truly sickening character, with no respect for anyone - not even himself.Furthermore, the humanization of the adult industry during "The Golden Age of Porn" is wonderful too. Not only is the decor and tenure from the seventies, such as wallpapered homes, shag carpeting, and tube televisions, loyal to the time period, but the seamy, sleazy underground business of porn also becomes a character in itself. We get a real elaborate examination of the people who ran the industry, and the paralyzing greed and disgusting dehumanization that was common in the industry at the time. Women were objectified and treated as lowly subhumans with no personality and benefits other than being the decoration of a man; imagine how cruel they were treated in an industry that has been lambasted for "degrading women." Lovelace is a film to watch, not enjoy. To appreciate, but not to completely like. Several sex scenes are in the film, but none of which are erotic, on the contrary to Lovelace's debut film Deep Throat. I felt deeply uncomfortable and unsettled during my viewing of the film, but Lovelace felt uncomfortable and unsettled throughout a grand percentage of her life. In that comparison, my complaint is nothing more than a pointless footnote.Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, and James Franco. Directed by: Rob Epstein and James Friedman.
Amazing biopic with Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace the world's first porn star with a great cast, noticeable performances from Peter Sarsgaard and Sharon Stone but a really well made extraordinary film really gives an insight into her relationships and abuse she had to suffer the whole film deals with the taboo of porn. The interaction between Lovelace and Traynor was incredible.It is a subject that many people don't want to chat about Porn . I think this film really shows what some let me stress not all porn actresses deal with in that world, but if your looking for a well acted <more>