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Movie review: 'Lovelace' doesn't dig too deep

Published August 9, 2013 7:16 pm

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Hard to believe there are two biopics being made about porn star Linda Lovelace, considering the first one finished, "Lovelace," has so little material to scrape together into a script.

Amanda Seyfried plays Linda, a Florida woman who learns too late that her new husband, bar owner Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), is a physically abusive pimp. He essentially sells her into servitude to star in "Deep Throat," which became the most famous porn movie of its time. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("Howl," "The Times of Harvey Milk") present Linda's story twice, first as a traditional rags-to-riches tale and then with emphasis on how she was mistreated by Traynor and others, including a shady investor (Chris Noth) and even Hugh Hefner (James Franco).

Alas, Linda is something of a cipher in Andy Yellin's script, which gives Seyfried little to explore in her personality. Meanwhile, a stellar cast — headed by an unrecognizable Sharon Stone as Linda's strict Catholic mother — is left stranded.

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Opens Friday, Aug. 9, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and some domestic violence; 93 minutes.