Amanda Seyfried does a decent job playing Linda Lovelace, infamous star of Deep Throat, who, as it turns out, had one truly lousy husband in Chuck Traynor (a creepy Peter Sarsgaard). Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have made a film that feels surprisingly short, especially in that part of their technique is to show the story at two different angles. The movie builds up to Lovelace’s big porn moment, and then reverses and retells some of her ascension again, this time showing Traynor’s brutality. Being that the film is just more than 90 minutes, it winds up not covering much ground. Still, Epstein and Friedman pull good performances out of Seyfried and Saarsgard, with Sharon Stone doing decent work as Lovelace’s angry mother. The film features James Franco in a cameo as Hugh Hefner, and small parts for Bobby Cannavale, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth and Wes Bentley.
Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Producer: Jason Weinberg, Jim Young, Heidi Jo Markel, Laura Rister, John Thompson, Mark Gill, Merritt Johnson, Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, James Franco and Eric Roberts