Drama movie directed by Kevin Bacon
Kyra Sedgwick is back. After taking a considerable amount of time off from the entertainment biz to raise her children, Ms. Sedgwick is back with a vengeance, staring in a new weekly drama series, The Closer on TNT Television and a series of movies including Loverboy (2004) in which she once again stars alongside her husband Kevin Bacon.
Directed by Mr. Bacon (Friday The 13th, Hallow Man, The Woodsman), Loverboy is a disturbing yarn about an eccentric reclusive woman named Emily portrayed by the aforementioned Kyra Sedgwick (The Woodman, The Closer, Born on the Fourth of July), who wants nothing of the trapping of a traditional relationship. But she really wants a child, and sets about getting one by having sex with a number of men. Finally impregnated Emily gives birth to Paul portrayed by Dominic Scott Kay. She moves into a new home and proceeds to raise Paul largely out of the eyes of the neighborhood; she never lets him play with the local children and even home schools the child.
But Paul, whom Emily calls Loverboy, begins to rebel, he wants his independence, wants to go to school like the rest of the children and wonders who and where his father is. But Emily holds on tight and the predictable friction ensues, resulting in a very unpredictable ending.
Loverboy attempts to pin Emilys behavior on her parents Marty and Sybil portrayed by Ken Bacon and Marisa Tomei (A Different World, My Cousin Vinnie, In The Bedroom) respectively. They are a bit off and generally ignore mini-Emily portrayed by Sosie Bacon, but it is perhaps too simplistic to blame Emilys adult behavior on her parents. Plenty of children are ignored by their parents, but they do not go off the deep end and become hermits craving a baby boy.
We are not give true insight into what made Emily into woman she is; we are given no alone time with her, no insight into her mind. The end result is a movie about a mentally unbalanced woman who lives in a bubble and a very mature six-year-old boy trying desperately to get out; a bubble that we are never fully let into, and hence has little emotional investment in.
Despite the lapses in plot-line, I enjoyed Loverboy if only to see Ms Sedgwick stretch her considerable acting chops once more. The story-line was a bit disjointed in places and there was not enough back-story to make the movie come together in a coherent way. The long list of supporting actors including Matt Dillon, Blair Brown, Oliver Platt, and Sandra Bullock did an exceptional job of performing their various roles. Bottom-line: save Loverboy for a Saturday afternoon of installing software on a new computer.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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