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Loverboy (2005)

A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.

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Paul (6 years old)
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Marty
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Jeanette Rawley
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Mark
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Mr. Pomeroy
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Paul's Father
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Sybil
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Emily (10 years old)
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Lenny
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Allen Rawley
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Anita Biddle
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Miss Silken
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Ruth the Realtor
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Emily tells her son Paul, now six years old, the story of his life - how she sought motherhood, to be a mom without a husband, to raise a perfect, exceptional child, whom she calls Loverboy. In flashbacks told around a pretend car trip they take - so he can practice driving - we see Paul's infancy, their fun together (sometimes with a manic edge), and his growing desire to go to school and be with other kids. We also flash back to Emily's childhood, with parents so bound up with each other that she's virtually ignored. Is Emily going to be able to let Paul be with others? Or, can she, as in the David Bowie song she sings at a school talent show, construct a life on Mars? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some mothers aren't meant to be moms.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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28 April 2005 (Portugal)  »

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A Educação de Paul  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,285, 18 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,690, 25 June 2006
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Co-producer Kevin Bacon directs his wife Kyra Sedgwick, daughter Sosie Bacon, son Travis Bacon, brother-in-law Robert Sedgwick, and Kevin's brother Michael Bacon provides the original score. See more »

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Emily: Fitting in with the outside world, respectability, suitability, conformity, were never high on my priority list; neither was normalcy. I admit: I cultivated arrogance. The world would be our school; I wanted to learn it and teach it to you.
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Written and Performed by David Bowie
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A failure, yes, but why?
27 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Kevin Bacon is a fine actor, and I was looking forward to this, his debut as a director. He's certainly worked with some of the best in the business, and one would hope that he'd picked up some great lessons in film making.

But this film, sadly, doesn't offer us much.

I believe the two main reasons it doesn't work are the script, and the casting of Kyra Sedgewick, Mr. Bacons real life wife.

The script is pretentious and humorless and forced, and Ms. Sedgewick, a fine actress with a beautiful body (shown off here quite often) is almost fetishized by her husband in this film- to the detriment of the story itself.

It's a film chock-a-block with celebrity cameos, everyone from Matt Dillion to Sandra Bullock to Campbell Scott and Marisa Tomei, and no one really survives it.

I will say this though- it is a BOLD failure, and I do look forward to what Mr. Bacon can do with a half decent script. He (and we) deserve better.


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