MOVIE NIGHT: LOVELACE(2013)Linda Boreman was hugely recognisable in the 1970s. Known by her stage name of Linda Lovelace, she was the star of a single adult movie released in 1972, an infamous movie with a silly story. That movie is Deep Throat and Lovelace is the story of Linda’s life.
Focused mainly on Linda’s relationship with Chuck, her boyfriend, husband and possibly her pimp, along with the production of Deep Throat we have a small insight into a seedy, destructive world. I usually view films based on true events with a hint of cynicism. Especially in a world or setting which is so far from my own life, I often wonder how much of reality is included in such movies and how much creative licence has been used for story emphasis.
Deep Throat itself was a short adult movie with a simple but silly storyline but the movie has reached absolute notoriety. Made on a very small budget and grossing significantly more, the production of this film was surrounded in criminality with subsequent allegations of abuse from Linda, claiming she was coerced into taking part.
As entertaining as I found Lovelace to be, the film doesn’t touch on much of the surrounding material. It makes huge implications about the world Linda was surrounded in and may well show how she was put into the situation of taking part but where there could have more grit and tension, the film makers seem to pull back, a flaw in this movie in my view.
Lovelace has a quality and recognisable cast: Amanda Seyfried takes the lead role of Linda and Peter Sarsgaard plays Chuck, her husband and the man who apparently coerced, pushed and bullied Linda into taking part in activities she had quickly lost interest in.
Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick play Linda’s parents. Twenty years previous these actors were people I had huge hope and potential for. Sadly that seems not to be the case. Here, both have very little to do. They play their roles here with ease and with little material to challenge them.
Amanda Seyfried is onscreen a lot. She has a range of acting challenges to deal with in Lovelace, though the whole film feels more like a made for TV movie than anything else. It’s entertaining but I found it slightly disappointing and too tame given the material this movie is focused on. We have some challenging relationships that could have been explored in greater depth along with the nature and notoriety of her movie. As entertaining as I found this movie, I hoped for a little more in various areas.
There’s a point in the film where I thought it had changed and provided the kind of twist I relish. Unfortunately it was a one-off scene and not used to maximum value. The remaining supporting cast is recognisable too, as with everyone though, what could have been great seems to average at best.
For a night in this could be something to develop discussion but it’s not a movie I’d actively seek out or return to.
Gary Dugdale lives in Newcastle, UK and can be found on Twitter @Gary_Dugdale