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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Reverent portrait of porn star has nudity, language, more.

Movie R 2013 92 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A flawless biopic!!

First of all, for a movie that takes place in the porn industry, this movie was surprisingly tame. There was barely any nudity and all the sexual content were off screen overall. Now that's out of the way, Lovelace was a great biopic and a great character study in general. Seyfried's performance was truly Oscar worthy and the emotional weight of her performance truly resonated with our family. Her motivations were clear and her personality was likable. Because of the emotional distress her character goes through, this movie should be suitable for 13 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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In LOVELACE, San Francisco-based filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman deliver a sympathetic portrayal of Linda Lovelace, asserting her innocence and good intentions. (It's based on her own 1980 biography, Ordeal.) But as far as biopics go, it's not great. It shies away from too much intense material, and it would have felt skimpy if not for the structure invented by screenwriter Andy Bellin. The first half of the movie is the typical rags-to-riches part, and the second half goes back to reveal the horrors going on behind the scenes.

This device has the effect of deepening the story and stripping away the façade. Seyfried is the perfect actress to play Linda; she's both charismatic and sexy but also squeaky clean -- she brings her own layers to the part. The rest of the cast is peopled with excellent character actors, but the real surprise is Sharon Stone as Linda's tormented mother, who realizes that her strictness did nothing to prevent Linda's fate and may, indeed, have contributed to it.

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