Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: In 1972 – before the internet, before the porn explosion – Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressivecapacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.
My Thoughts: Thank goodness Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard – their performances elevate a film that I have to question being made in the first place. On the one hand, the story of Linda Lovelace is interesting insofar as its demonstration of perception vs. reality. On the other hand, Lovelace (a.k.a. Linda Boreman) was such an avid anti-pornography activist later in life, I can’t help but wonder if she’d approve of this film, particularly the first half which makes Linda’s life seem like it’s filled with love, fun and sex. There’s little depth here, and depth would make this film much more interesting and valuable.