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Lovelace [2013] [R] - 9.6.6



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The story of Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), who is coerced into the porn industry by her abusive husband (Peter Sarsgaard), becomes infamous as the star of the pornographic film "Deep Throat," and later becomes an anti-pornography advocate. Also with Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, James Franco and Debi Mazar. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A man sells a young woman (who is his wife) for sex and we see five men entering a room; it is implied that they rape the young woman as we see one of the men lie on top of her and she shouts for help (we hear the man's zipper pull down and we see the man kissing and pawing the woman's chest and neck). It is implied that a man sells a young woman (who is his wife) for sex; we see the young woman look upset as she leaves a hotel room and the man is seen sitting on the hotel bed.
 A man chokes a young woman and he holds his hand over her throat as he rips her shirt open (revealing her bare breasts) and he thrusts on top of her; the man turns the young woman over and we hear him moaning sexually as the young woman tries to push him back and we later see the man wearing brief-style underwear (his bare back and chest are visible) and he tries to apologize to the young woman for hurting her.
 While filming a pornographic movie, a young woman performs oral sex on a young man in front of a group of people (we see no nudity, only the young woman's head by the young man's crotch) and the young man makes a series of faces as it is implied that he climaxes and the young woman swallows as she announces to the group of people that the young man had climaxed.
 A man grabs a young woman and picks her up, putting her legs around his hips as he passionately kisses her neck and down her chest; we see the man's head at the young woman's crotch and hear the young woman's mother shout to her when the young woman appears about to climax. A young woman puts her hand on a man's genitals, under bed covers (we see the man's bare chest) and the man instructs the young woman to perform oral sex on him (we hear her gag and pant); the man and young woman kiss passionately and we see the young woman's head at the man's crotch while he holds her head in his hands and we see a view from above the bed (the man appears fully nude: his bare chest is visible and a portion of his bare hips are visible with the young woman, fully clothed, covering his crotch).
 We see a man watching pornographic movies projected on a wall and he tries to kiss a young woman, but she pulls away; a second young woman walks in and she watches the movie (we see multiple nude people, a woman's bare buttocks and a man's bare chest).
 In a theater, a woman is shown on-screen receiving oral sex from a man as a young woman has a conversation with the woman about sex and we see the man's head at the woman's crotch (her cleavage is visible as her dress is pulled to the side) and the woman is moans sexually. Several people watch a pornographic movie in a movie theater and we see a woman on-screen with a man's head at her crotch (it is implied that the man is performing oral sex on her); we see this scene another time with people in a crowd watching and the woman appears to be enjoying herself sexually.
 Two men watch a video of a young woman performing oral sex on a man wearing brief-style underwear (his bare back and chest are visible); the man receiving the oral sex in the video is also in the room and one of the two men crudely asks if the young woman can perform oral sex on well-endowed men when a man (the young woman's husband) makes a joke that she can perform oral sex on anything. It is implied that a man asks a young woman to perform oral sex on him when the man puts his arms around the young woman's shoulder (no nudity nor the act are seen).
 A topless young woman (her bare breasts are visible) stands up in front of a man wearing brief-style underwear and on bed; the young woman jumps on the bed, the man kisses her stomach (we see her bare breasts) and they kiss passionately while lying in bed. A man holds a young woman in his arms, they kiss passionately and we see him grab her buttocks and lay her on a bed; he leaps on top of her and they kiss passionately. A young woman kisses a man and they continue to kiss. A man instructs a young woman to kiss him on the cheek. A man kisses a young woman on the hand. A man grabs a young woman's breasts and then spanks her on the backside. A man grabs a young woman and spins her around with her legs wrapped around his waist. We see a young man wrap his arms around a young woman's shoulders. Two young women hug and kiss on the cheek in greeting.
 We see a young woman posing topless (her bare breasts are visible) and another young woman is shown holding a scarf over her crotch (it is implied that she is fully nude and we see her bare breasts). A young woman's bare breasts are visible as she swims topless. A shirtless man (his bare back is shown) takes off his shorts and exposes his bare buttocks. We see a young woman partially pull down her shorts and a portion of her bare buttocks are visible. We see a shirtless man (his bare chest is visible) in bed with a young woman and she is shown wearing brief-style underwear and a shirt (it is obvious that she is not wearing a bra). We see a woman in a bathtub with bubbles over her chest (no nudity is visible). We see two young women wearing bikinis, their bare backs are visible when one unties her bikini top, then leans over and takes off the other's bikini top; the young woman tries to slap away the other young woman's hand, but relents and allows the tie to be undone and we see one of the young women holding her bikini front when she sits up slightly; the mother of one of the young women makes a crude remark that they are in a "nudist colony." A young woman wearing a bikini bathing suit (cleavage is visible) poses with her legs open for a photograph while a man makes a remark that the photograph cannot be "so anatomical." We see a man holding a sex toy and also see a blow-up sex doll in the background of a house and the man makes a remark about the blow-up sex doll looking more like a woman.
 A man asks a young woman if she is volunteering to be a go-go dancer and we then see two young women dancing on a stage; the two dancers are wearing very short shorts and halter-style tops that reveal legs, cleavage and bare abdomens. A young woman asks another young woman if she wants to go skinny-dipping and the young woman declines. A young woman asks another young woman if she had "hooked up" with a young man, the young woman makes a remark that she is not interested in having sex and the other young woman makes a crude sexual gesture and implies that the woman should be performing oral sex. We hear a young woman recite lines about not being interested in sex. A young woman performs a scene for a movie where she discusses not being interested in sex, but that she enjoys having sex even though she does not know how to enjoy herself. A man asks a woman to read back a portion of a story, about the man having sex with a woman and the man makes a crude remark about the woman telling him what his genitalia tastes like. A young man, as part of a movie scene, makes a remark that the woman's genitals are part of her throat and the young woman responds about the young man's genitalia is in his ears. A woman asks another woman what it's like to be "the poster girl for the sexual revolution." A young woman jokes that she has never had sex with a married man and the man jokes back that he has also never had sex with a married man. A young man introduces himself to a young woman, saying that they are going to be "going at it" in the next scene, the young man then remarks that he "can't wait to get it on." A man makes a remark about a man having a young man's genitals in his throat, rather than a young woman (the man's wife) performing oral sex on the young man. We hear a man making a crude remark about pornographic movies. A comedian makes a joke that he had gone to see a pornographic movie because he thought it was about giraffes. A man tells a young woman (his daughter) that he had tried to watch a movie where the young woman performs pornographic acts, but that he had to leave the theater. A man jokes with another young man (a pornographic film star), that he has the "best job in the world." A man tells a young woman (his wife) that she has to have sex with anyone he orders. Three men discuss a young woman's breasts and a man makes a crude remark about women's bare breasts possibly "blowing up" because they're fake. A male news reporter discusses a judge's ruling that a film is pornographic. A television host makes a joke about a pornographic movie. A television reporter announces that a pornographic movie is the most popular pornographic movie of all time. A man tells another man crudely that he might have his wife perform oral sex on another man. A young woman describes a movie to a man saying that she has female genitalia in her throat, but then describes that she begins to be interested in sex. A man makes a crude remark to a young woman (his wife) about her performing oral sex. A young woman tells a man that she had gotten pregnant and was tricked into placing the baby up for adoption when she was 20. A man tells a young woman (his wife) that women had been "turning tricks" behind the strip club he owned. A woman tells a man that she had only spent 17 days in the pornography industry, but her life is defined by her being in pornography. A man makes a remark about oysters making people sexually excited and a woman crudely remarks that she is always sexually excited.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young woman shouts as a man lays her down on a bed in a hotel and four more men enter the room; we hear a zipper unzip and the young woman cries out as it is implied that the five men rape the young woman (we do not see the sex; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man shoves another man to the ground, two men hold the man over the ground as a third man whips him with a belt repeatedly.
 A man violently forces himself upon a young woman (his wife), choking her as he forces sex on her (she cries through the act; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A young woman grabs a lamp and throws it across a room, narrowly missing hitting a man; the man stands up and the young woman tries to hit him until the man grabs her, holds a gun to her and threatens her. A man grabs a young woman (his wife) by the neck and pulls her into a room; he puts a gun under the young woman's throat and threatens her. A man shoves a young woman against a wall repeatedly, he throws her to the ground and she cowers on the ground in fear, crying.
 We see a man shoving a young woman in the shower, turning on the shower as she screams. We see a man holding a young woman's head in his hands, and shouting at her as he turns her face. A woman slaps a young woman (her daughter) on the face. A young woman runs away from a man, she trips as she runs along the street, she stumbles and falls to the ground (blood is seen on her face and hands); a police car stops and they asks the young woman if she is harmed, the young woman does not respond and we see her the next day with a black eye. We see a large bruise on a young woman's leg and it is implied that the young woman is in an abusive relationship.
 A man fires a gun at a blow-up sex doll in his wife's image. A man pounds his fist on a countertop of a diner and he is obviously upset with a young woman.
 A young woman tells her mother that her husband hits her; the mother asks what the young woman had done to make her husband angry, because she does not think the man would hit her "out of the blue." A young woman tells another young woman that she is worried for the young woman's safety because the young woman's husband is violent. A man tells a woman that he knows that she had been beaten. We see chyrons at the end of a movie explaining that a woman had died from injuries sustained during a car accident and a man died of a heart attack.
 Two young women shriek when a blender overflows.

PROFANITY 6 - About 19 F-words and its derivatives, 21 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 27 anatomical terms (4 mild), 2 mild obscenities, a woman makes a vaguely racial comment about a man's skin color and a derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (bag of bones, prude, sexy Raggedy Ann, Miss Holy Holy, drag, uptight idiots, cookie cutter idiots, crazy), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My god, Swear to God, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a man snorting cocaine off a picture frame, a man snorts cocaine and a second man asks if he can get some of the cocaine, a man offers two young women a marijuana cigarette and we see one of the young women smoking it, a young woman and a man are shown smoking a marijuana cigarette, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette and offers it to two different people who turn it down, a man takes an unidentified pill, and a man remarks that he had been stoned while watching a movie. A woman offers a man a glass of liquor, a man drinks a glass of liquor and hands it to a young woman who takes a sip, men and women drink alcoholic drinks while they're at a party, and men and women toast. A young woman smokes cigarettes throughout the movie, and men and women smoke cigarettes throughout the movie.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Strip clubs, pornographic movies, unplanned pregnancies, spousal abuse, prostitution, abusive relationships, polygraphs, overcoming one's past.

MESSAGE - There is more to the story of Linda Lovelace than just having been a pornographic film star.

Special Keywords: S9 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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