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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Life On Mars?
Written and Performed by David Bowie
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I bit disappointed...
4 July 2005 | by JoFRCSee all my reviews

I'm from Brazil, and I don't know how, but Loverboy is available in DVD in Brazil in every videostore...I rented it, I was expecting a great movie as the directional debut of Kevin Bacon, an actor that I think is one of a kind in his choices and performances...The movie is OK, it's about a super jealous mother(Kyra Sedgewick), that made everything to have a son and tries to create him in a world apart from everybody, but then the boy starts to have ''outside'' contacts, and wants to go to school and be a normal kid, and her mother starts going mad. She's that crazy because of her creation, and we learn from flashback scenes, that her parents(Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei) were really ''different'' and she wanted a neighbor(Sandra Bullock) to be her mother. Then there are parts involving the school and a beach-area, and then the finale, that's a bit forced, but I won't reveal anything, because it would ruin the surprise ending. The acting is really good: Kyra Sedgewick is really good here,she's in almost every scene and even that sometimes she overacts, she shows a great range of emotions,a great body(that her husband shows very much in the beginning...) and, in certain parts, she has a strong resemblance to a younger Glenn Close; the boy, who i don't know the name, also gives a bravura performance, as a starter he shows he has talent, sharing a good chemistry with Kyra, and making the ''rebel'' parts very believable; then there are smaller parts or even cameos by Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei as the fathers of the Kyra's character(Marisa overacts here, trying so hard to be a crazy bitch, with colorful clothes); Sandra Bullock as the mother rule-model to the girl-Kyra(She can't show real acting, her part is important, but very small); Mat Dillon as a love interest, (wich isn't well worked in the screenplay, with Dillon doing the best he can with the part); Campbell Scott as the kid's father(that's a cameo); and Oliver Platt as a school worker(nothing important...). The flaws are over the screenplay, that never goes deep in the mother's craziness, and has some confusing parts as the one that happens in the beach and the soundtrack, that is a bit goofy and too funny, when it needed to be more serious. Anyway, this is a good movie, not great not bad, with some flaws but also with some very good stuff, as the acting of the two leads. The disappointment I said, came from the fact that I was waiting something more serious and edgy from Kevin Bacon as a director, not a dramedy, that is what the movie ends being.


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