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.