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.
A bipolar biopic of a controversial beauty, brought to us by the dynamic duo of documentary directors Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. Once again they take up the challenge to tell the tale of “a true story” – much like their very awesome biopic Howl (2010).
He said, she said, they said – a story shadowed by myths, legends and re-writes after re-writes. Let’s not cherry pick the story that we know and do not know, Let’s sit back and enjoy the story written by Andy Bellin.
NUDITY??? You’d probably see more in a Miley Cyrus music video.
Now that we got that out of the way let us proceed…
One of those films that created waves after millions of casting changes… I know what you were all expecting: ANOTHER Boogie Nights (1997)!!! Sorry folks, this is another type of monster.
Amanda Seyfried does an incredibly good job as Linda. She is truly a freckled beauty who can steal the scene any day. Backed by a thunderous powerhouse cast: Another sleazy role for James Franco (Hugh Hefner), always cute and awesome Juno Temple, “have you seen this boy?” T1000 Robert Patrick (Dad), HOLY SHIT!!! THAT WAS Sharon Stone (Mom)!!! And a few cameos by Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny and Mr. B Movie Eric Roberts!
Peter Sarsgaard was great as the wrench in Linda’s life. Making and breaking her in front and behind the camera. The 70s pornstache is back!
TRIVIA: In the simulated oral sex scenes, a Popsicle was used as a substitute for a penis.
The problem with this movie was the “Truth” – many have already dropped their opinion bombs on this film and its authenticity. I for one stick by the producers and directors decisions. It is a twofold story that embodies horrors in the crude and rude sex industry.
Story 1: Linda is taken away from her parents by fame fortune and love? Starting with the monumental feat she is gifted with all the way down to the consequences of her actions. The film shows the politics and lifestyle of the people in the industry in a funny light.
It’s all fun at first, ‘til the shit hits the fan. I enjoyed how the directors took this story and cut it fairly in half, showing audiences the dark reality of the pornstar legend.
Story 2: Linda is abused and made to act in her boyfriend’s sleazy exploits. She is tossed around like a rag doll from one douche to another. She tries to escape her captor to no avail. Beaten, bruised and sold off… Ah love! How you so cruelly blind us.
A nice little film that tells a one sided (if not many others) story. A tribute to our dearly departed Linda… who left the porn industry and found god. A sad and engaging story that happens even to this very day… Probably a few blocks from where you live.
Acting was superb, delivery was perfect, but the information skewed.
Let’s agree to disagree “based on a true story”.
It wasn’t deep enough.