Escaping her ultra-conservative upbringing, Linda discovers a world of freedom and self- expression when she falls in love with Chuck Traynor, a hustler-type of character. Soon after the two marry and Linda becomes an international sensation as the girl-next-door who has a natural talent for fellatio. Used by her greedy and mean- spirited husband, Linda becomes abused by the pornographic industry until she finally becomes strong enough to take control of her life. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace is a by-the-numbers biographical film thats only real strength lies in Amanda Seyfried's strong performance. Right off the bat the film tries a little too hard to show how innocent Linda was from an early age, basically telegraphing her narrative to a degree that makes her character a one-dimensional victim rather than humanizing a woman who made mistakes but ultimately found redemption and triumph. It's a film that is far too interested in the narrative, not giving enough attention to dissecting Lovelace as a human-being. Chuck, her husband who is responsible for much of her dismay, is presented in a way that lacks all subtlety and nuance as his character goes from zero to full-blown psychopath in a matter a seconds. This is really the main problem with Lovelace in general, a film that goes through the motions, telling us the story of Linda Lovelace while never spending the time to capture the small details which define her as a living and breathing individual.
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