Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
Reverent portrait of porn star has nudity, language, more.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lovelace is a biopic about Linda Lovelace, star of the infamous 1970s porn movie Deep Throat. There's some female toplessness and plenty of sexual innuendo and sexual suggestion, but not much sex is actually shown for a film about porn. Spousal and sexual abuse are also intense parts of the plot, but the movie manages to keep most of it off screen or suggested, rather than shown. Language isn't frequent but is very strong and includes many sexual terms. And there's plenty of drinking and drug use. The movie is very sympathetic toward its heroine and celebrates her efforts to stand up against a dark and brutal world, but it's still not meant for kids.
- Families can talk about the sex industry. Does Lovelace make it look appealing in any way?
- How is sex portrayed in the movie? Is it loving or exploitative? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- In the movie, what was Linda's relationship with her parents like? Were they supportive? Caring? How well did they communicate?
- Is Linda a role model? What makes her sympathetic despite the things she says and does?
- Was Linda too young to be involved in this world?
The good stuff
Positive messages: The movie makes a strong case for standing up for yourself against bullies and abuse, even at the risk of safety and comfort. As part of the main character's recovery, she gets married and starts a family.
Positive role models: Though Linda Lovelace endures some hard times, performs in a porn movie, and is far from a saint, she eventually works hard to speak out against the porn industry and against the kind of spousal abuse that put her in that place to begin with.
What to watch for
Violence: Though the movie isn't constantly violent, the main character is the victim of spousal abuse. Her husband beats her and forces her to have sex with other men for money. Most of this is suggested, heard, or shown off screen, but that doesn't keep it from being disturbing and intense. In one scene, her husband throws her up against a wall. He carries a gun that he fires in anger from time to time. In a late scene, he's whipped with his belt.
Sexy stuff: Linda is shown topless for some photo shoots. There's strong innuendo and references to oral sex. The plot of the (real-life) porn movie Deep Throat is discussed. A married couple is shown in bed together, with suggested sex (both intercourse and oral), but little nudity is shown. The main character has many partners, though all of them unwilling. A man shows his bare bottom for a camera.
Language: Language isn't constant, but "f--k" is heard in many forms, as well as "t-ts," "ass," "c--k," "p---y," "bitch," "clitoris," "balls," and "cum," plus "Jesus Christ" and "God" (as exclamations).
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drugs and drinking are prevalent in the world of 1970s porn. The main character smokes pot. Her mom and dad drink whisky at home. There's champagne at parties. Linda is seen taking pills. Linda's husband snorts huge amounts of cocaine in later scenes.