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Loverboy (2005)

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

Director:

Kevin Bacon

Writers:

Hannah Shakespeare (screenplay), Victoria Redel (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyra Sedgwick ... Emily
Dominic Scott Kay ... Paul (6 years old)
Kevin Bacon ... Marty
Blair Brown ... Jeanette Rawley
Matt Dillon ... Mark
Oliver Platt ... Mr. Pomeroy
Campbell Scott ... Paul's Father
Marisa Tomei ... Sybil
Sosie Bacon ... Emily (10 years old)
Travis Bacon Travis Bacon ... Lenny
John Lafayette ... Allen Rawley
Jessica Stone ... Anita Biddle
Melissa Errico ... Miss Silken
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Principal
Carolyn McCormick ... Ruth the Realtor
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Think Film [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Educação de Paul See more »

Filming Locations:

Northvale, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,285, 18 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,690, 25 June 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick also appeared in Lemon Sky (1988), Pyrates (1991), Murder in the First (1995), The Woodsman (2004), and Cavedweller (2004). See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Making 'Loverboy' (2006) See more »

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Life On Mars?
Written and Performed by David Bowie
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Beautiful, haunted and sad
16 October 2006 | by IthilfaenSee all my reviews

I can't say I'm very surprised by the rating this great movie gets, nor am I shocked to see some moronic comments on how the storyline is "horrible" or "gross". The topic and development of the story are controversial and sensitive to say the least and it's a sad reality that people just can't get pass their judgemental posturing and try to see things from another point of view.

Kyra Sedgwick carries the movie on her shoulders from start to finish. Not only does she give poetry and the right amount of quirkiness to a character that could have been nightmarish otherwise but she really manages to convey the love her character feels for her son effortlessly so much so that the transition to her psychotic obsession is seamless. Even if the plot is made in such a way that it's impossible for you to empathize with her, you certainly feel for her.

The direction is remarkable and adds to the magic of the world Emily creates for her son. Bacon did a great job of going back and forth in time without being confusing, which was a major challenge with the script and the editing works perfectly at revealing Emily's character and story bit by bit without divulging more than necessary and all the while framing what's important to understand her behavior.

It's never tacky, nor judgemental, nor is it complacent. It's a story of love and how far it can go. Recommended.


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