Seyfried as Linda Lovelace? A 21st Century sweetheart
equivalent to Doris Day playing a notorious porn star? Questions have to
be answered. Will there be nudity? Will there be graphic sex? Will it be
titillating? Will it be sexy? Will it be as disastrous to her career as
Meg Ryanís descent into softcore porn was to hers?
saw it and the answers are yes, no, no, somewhat, and no.
people my age saw Deep Throat (1972), as did I. I walked
out two thirds of the way through because it was so boring. It was,
basically, 61 minutes of graphic oral sex, and a little bit of watching
that goes a long way. Even so, estimates that it grossed over $600
million seem ludicrous. It made a lot of money but Iím dubious it made
really two films in one. The first half shows what everybody thought
happened, and the second half shows what Lovelace alleged really
happened, a tale that apparently was confirmed by a lie detector test
that her publisher forced her to take.
a fascinating film that opens the blinds on how the porn film industry
broke into the mainstream. It features an outstanding cast, giving
top-flight performances, including Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Chris
Noth, Hank Azaria, ChloŽ Sevigny (who is notorious herself for having
been filmed giving graphic oral sex in 2004ís The Brown Bunny),
and James Franco, among others. I often recall Sarsgaardís award-quality
performance in Shattered Glass (2003), and he equals that here.
though Sarsgaard gives a terrific performance as Lovelaceís husband,
Chuck, who actually pimps her out, Seyfried carries the film. She gives
a moving, emotional performance as an abused woman, a performance worthy
of an Oscar nomination. Even though she does appear topless, contrary to
Susan Sarandonís dictum her breasts do not upstage her (thatís not to be
interpreted as a criticism of her physical endowments, rather a comment
on just how exceptional her performance is).
Stone is almost unrecognizable in giving a surprisingly effective
performance as Lovelaceís overly strict mother. There is one heart
tugging scene between the two of them that is a classic of fine acting.
not an easy movie is watch because of the ordeal that she goes through.
She lived a tough life.
gave several versions of her life. This is the one she stuck with at the