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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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Details

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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Connections

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

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Life On Mars?
Written and Performed by David Bowie
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Very interesting, original story, and Kyra Sedgwick is absolutely spectacular
8 October 2010 | by charles000See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I first started watching this, as it seems to launch into a sort of twisted edgy comedy at first, but as this film progresses, this story and the situations become very serious, compelling . . . and sad.

The ending is particularly gripping, certainly not what would be expected from the beginning of this film. Everyone does a very fine job of professional acting at its best, but in this work, Kyra Sedgwick really shines.

I don't think there is any other actress that I could think of who could possibly have delivered the embodiment of the Emily character more perfectly . . . she really shines in this role.

The story itself can be a bit hard to go along with if you have had a parental / family experience with certain neurotic or other difficult psychological challenges. I have, and in some ways could really identify with various aspects of this story and its characters.

This is not a light hearted film, despite its somewhat comedic beginning, but it is very well done.

I liked it, as a fine example of the craft of acting, and for a truly unique story worthy of note.


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