Well this movie seemed to come out of nowhere. When I first heard about a biographical film about the life of X-rated film actress Linda Lovelace, I was surprised. And then to hear that Amanda Seyfried was going to play the lead, well that intrigued me even more. I wondered how far the star would go in her role, and how far the film itself would explore the life and times of Linda Lovelace.
Linda (Amanda Seyfried) is your typical all American girl enjoying life in the early 1970s. Her parents are over protective and very religious. She needs to break away every once in a while and have some fun at discos and roller rinks. That is where she meets Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard). At first Chuck seems like a cool guy with a bad boy streak in him. He helps Linda escape her overbearing home and enjoy some solid party time.
Of course all this costs money and soon the pair (now married) have to make ends meet. So Chuck convinces Linda to appear in an adult film, showcasing her very special talent. Linda becomes an instant success, turning the film Deepthroat into a huge hit and media talking point. But things are not well and good with Linda and Chuck. The more famous she becomes, the more success corrupts Chuck. It’s a downward spiral that causes Linda to want to escape the name Lovelace.
- Seyfried does a good job in the lead role
- Sarsgaard is particularly vile in this film
- Moves a good pace
- Fairly standard execution typical of biographical films
- Some have argued that the source material is not reliable
- Those looking for Boogie Nights 2 will be disappointed
I imagine Seyfried wanted to try something a little different in this film and she gets the opportunity. However the movie itself never really reaches out and grabs the viewer. It may have something to do with the odd flashback structure (something that all biography films seem to require). Not a bad film, but missing that extra something to make it a real winner.
Scores (out of 5)