‘Lovelace’ exploits the life of an unwilling porn star

‘Lovelace’ movie review

‘Lovelace’ is a story that is as old as time. Girl runs away to escapes overzealous strict religious mother and falls into the arms of the porno industry.

In 1972, ‘Deep Throat’ revolutionized the adult film industry. In fact, it is quite possible that the porno industry wouldn’t have survived without it. It was the first movie to be produced in that genre that included an actual storyline complete with comedy. It propelled the movie’s star, Linda Lovelace into the porno industry history books. She was crowned the ultimate porn star and her name is associated with a certain fellatio act.

But little is known of her real life or what led her to this industry. In ‘ Lovelace’ it is revealed that she was a victim of human sex slave trafficking and abused at the hands of her own husband. Like so many women today that are victims of human trafficking, she was forced to sleep with numerous men and turn over every cent that she made to her husband. ‘Deep Throat’ is reported to have made over $600 million, but Linda Lovelace was only paid $1250 for her part in the film. (It is also purported that the Mafia bankrolled the film.)

Although ‘Lovelace’ seeks to explain the contradictory elements of Linda Lovelace’s involvement in the industry, it is unable to move past the shock value. Unlike previous films that have taken on this industry (think ‘Boogie Nights’), it fails to present a well rounded film. Little is revealed in the movie about the other characters in the film. It presents Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) as a predator, but lacks a back story of the man who consumes Linda’s life.

Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace) is the one thing that actually makes this movie bearable. Her portrayal of Lovelace allows the audience to see the vulnerability of this freckled faced naive young girl. She is transformed as she is slowly seduced into drugs and later the pornography industry.

Sarsgaard’s character is relegated to the stereotypical predator and part-time pimp with sadistic predilections.

The film’s material is taken from books authored by Linda Lovelace. However, despite its attempt to show the private side of the public Linda Lovelace, it presents her plight in a sensational format. Shamefully exploiting her status as the ultimate porn star to a new audience.

‘Lovelace’ is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and some domestic violence.

Starring, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, James France, Debi Mazar Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple

Directed By Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Run Time 92 minutes

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