Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Written By: Andy Bellin
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min
After watching the movie, I did a little more research on Linda Susan Boreman, aka Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried). I had to because I didn’t learn all that much by watching the film. The movie settles to lazily tell a story of spousal abuse, and tries to pigeon hole the characters Linda and Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard) as hero and villain. There’s no doubt Boreman had a rough life with her husband Chuck , but after reading a little more about her I came to realize just how much the film doesn’t cover.
The black and white two note treatment of Boreman’s life was a wasted opportunity. A shame too, because Amanda Seyfried certainly does the best she can with the material given to her. Peter Sarsgaard provides decent enough support, but I couldn’t help thinking I’d seen him play this very same character in several other films. That feeling that I’d seen all this before applies to the entire production though. A production who liberties with the truth are too easily exposed with a quick visit to wikipedia.
If you’re looking to learn more about Linda Susan Boreman, Linda Lovelace, or the pornographic film industry. Look elsewhere. This is pretty light on details, and loaded with unlikeable characters. If you’re a fan of Amanda Seyfried then you might get some enjoyment out of this.
There’s nothing special about the photography, and some of the combinations of old TV content with the films new footage are actually pretty badly done. A regular dvd or streaming show will do.
Worst element for me: << spoiler >>
James Franco is cast as the young Hugh Hefner. Yes, you read that right.