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  Lovelace Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
5.40 /10
Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard , Sharon Stone
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Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Written by: Andy Bellin

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 92

Well acted but superficial.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Lovelace tells the punishing ordeal suffered by porn star Linda Lovelace at the hands of her pornographer husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard, pictured left). Sarsgaard is terrific as an out-and-out scumbag, and a surprisingly gutsy Amanda Seyfried (pictured right) evokes a world of suffering as the naive and not terribly bright Linda.

Itís a bit like the 1993 Ike and Tina Turner story, Whatís Love Got To Do With It, without the relief of the songs. I suppose it has elements of a cautionary tale; the trouble is that the trajectory of the plot is so relentlessly grim that, around half way in, you start wishing everyoneís suffering would end, especially your own.

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman evoke the 70s efficiently enough; whatís missing is the kind of visual panache and colourful characterization that made a hit of Boogie Nights.

Also absent is any sense that Lovelaceís story is the tip of an iceberg. As a result of her experiences, she has spent her life campaigning against pornography; the directors never tackle the underlying issue, which is whether or not porn degrades women and the people who use it. Itís one hell of an oversight.

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