Movie Review: Lovelace

RAD1914_LovelaceWhat it’s about: The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Genre: Biography, Drama

Rating: 18

Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Starring: Amanda Seyfrield, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, James Franco.

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Review: I saw this film advertised but didn’t really think twice about watching it because I have no previous knowledge of Linda Lovelace, what she did and what was so iconic about her story but after reading an article about it I decided to give it a try. Lovelace is a true story about Linda Lovelace, star of the 1972 porn film, ‘Deep Throat’  and how she ended up in the porn industry. The story delves deep (excuse the pun) into what happened behind closed doors with her husband, Chuck, the abuse she was put through and how she managed to break free from the porn industry and turn her life around. If you haven’t seen this film, you’re probably a bit sceptical, as was I, but this film was honestly a lot more than just the misfortunes of a porn star and although I wasn’t familiar with the story (nor have I seen the actual Deep Throat film), my heart definitely broke for this girl.

I thought the casting in this film was fantastic. There was a lot of familiar faces – all of whom were portraying real life people -and they did it brilliantly. Amanda Seyfried was sensational as Linda Lovelace. She looked absolutely stunning and played the role with elegance and dignity and made Linda Lovelace look so fragile and innocent, despite her role in the film, also James Franco oozes charm so he was perfect as the young Hugh Hefner. Peter Sarasgaard who plays Linda’s charismatic yet abusive husband, Chuck is a new actor for me, as I’ve never previously seen him in anything else but he managed to captivate me with his role as Chuck – making him appear like a complete gentleman at first then slowly turning into someone who Linda becomes absolutely petrified of. Their relationship at the beginning was really quite sweet, they seemed ridiculously happy and Linda willingly moves in with him at the young age of 21, after a spat with her mum which resulted in her being slapped. They were young and very much in love but this film really shows how fast people can change due to their need for power, control and money.

I really liked the way this film was put together. You see the majority of Linda’s life in the porn industry as we, the outsiders, would see it. She becomes famous, attends events and is the talk of the town. Then it skips to the end, when Linda is taking a lie detector test for her biography and flashes back to all them moments we previously saw but what really happened behind closed doors and it couldn’t be more different than what we originally thought. For example, in one scene, Linda, Chuck and the producers and directors of the film are at a party in one of their hotel rooms and you hear Linda and Chuck having sex in the next room. At the end of the film when it flashes back to that same moment, it shows that they weren’t having sex at all, he was throwing her against the wall and kicking her. I thought that aspect of the film was quite powerful because it really does show the extent to what we don’t know about other people’s lives from the outside – despite their profession. This film shows a very real portrayal of domestic violence and although Linda has her own individual and unique story, unfortunately, I’m sure a lot of people would be able to relate to the fact that you really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

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