In the 1970s, Linda Lovelace starred in an adult movie that became a sensation. She became an overnight celebrity. Little did people know that she had been an unwilling pawn in her husband sick way of making money.
Amanda Seyfried usually stars in bubbly, feel good movies, but in Lovelace she sheds her good girl image and delivers the performance of her life as Linda Lovelace. The role is challenging enough for an acting heavyweight, but Seyfried as usual makes it seem effortless, as if all the sugar coated roles that preceded this one had been in preparation for Lovelace. Don't get me wrong, there is a bubbly personality underneath the sexy persona, and Seyfried shines equally as the girl next door turned unwilling celebrity than she does as a common woman needing love and protection.
Peter Sarsgaard has the role of the abusive scumbag husband, and he owns his role as well. He is the villain in the story and you get to hate him for it.
Lovelace is not a family movie; it is intended for adults as much for its graphic nudity, drug use, depiction of the sex movie industry, as it is for scenes of domestic abuse.
Far from the suggested explicit sexuality, the real message of Lovelace resides in a woman who was abused, exploited in a relationship, and turned her life around and gave a voice to victims of sex and domestic violence.
Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace), Peter Sarsgaard (Chuck Traynor, Linda’s husband), Sharon Stone (Dorothy Boreman, Linda’s mother), Robert Patrick (John Boreman, Linda’s father), James Franco (Hugh Hefner), Bobby Cannavale (Butchie Peraino), Chris Noth (Anthony Romano)