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Loverboy

3 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Based on the novel by Victoria Redel, this powerful tale of lost innocence stars Kyra Sedgwick as an overprotective mother who, having survived her own neglectful childhood, smothers her 10-year-old son with the love she never received. But when she tries to seduce a local man, Sedgwick experiences the consequences of her own bad parenting. With Dominic Scott Kay, Matt Dillon, Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, Campbell Scott, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon (who also directed). 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH). NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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A quirky film about a single mother and the suffocating, tragic love she has for her 6-year-old child, Loverboy serves as an answer to anyone who might wonder if you can love your child too much: Absolutely. Emily (Kyra Sedgwick from The Closer) is an eccentric, anti-social woman yearning for the affection her parents showered on each other, but never on her. All her hopes and dreams are thrust upon her young son Paul (Dominic Scott Kay). Not only is adorable, but he's also incredibly mature and patient. Though his mother lavishes him with attention, gourmet meals, and an almost fairytale existence, Paul wants stability and normalcy. He yearns for a father. He wants to go to school with the other kids. And though he's only 6, he's old enough to know that having a mother who refers to him as "Loverboy" is just plain wrong. Directed by Sedgwick's husband, Kevin Bacon (The Woodsman, Mystic River), the film veers unsteadily between ironic comedic moments and touching drama. Full of cameos (Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Oliver Platt, Marisa Tomei, and Bacon, who plays Emily's father in flashback sequences), the film does a fine job of conveying Emily's desperation to be the only person who matters to Paul. But because she's such a manipulative freak, it's difficult for the viewer to feel much empathy for her as she tries to shelter her boy from the world. "There's no falling in love like the falling in love with a child," she says early in the movie. Ultimately, that's her downfall. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Kyra Sedgwick, Dominic Scott Kay, Campbell Scott, Kevin Bacon, Blair Brown
  • Directors: Kevin Bacon
  • Writers: Hannah Shakespeare, Victoria Redel
  • Producers: Andrew Lang, Avi Lerner, Chris Connolly, Daniel Bigel, Danny Dimbort
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loverboy" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Kevin Bacon directs this bizarre story adapted by Hannah Shakespeare from

Victoria Redel's novel about maternal obsession providing his wife Kyra Sedgwick with a role to spotlight just how fine an actress she truly is. The story is disturbing but vitally interesting. There are problems with the film, the most annoying one being that the dialogue is practically inaudible due to the miking and, more so, due to the musical score which covers all the lines to the point of making the movie seem like a silent movie with music from the pit! Such a shame, because it SEEMS like this is a good script with a lot to say.

Emily (Kyra Sedgwick) is damaged goods, a woman neglected as a child who is determined to have a baby and raise it on her own, lavishing the child with all the affection and attention she desperately missed. After numerous attempts to get pregnant from any available man, she finally succeeds impregnation with Campbell Scott and gives birth to Paul (Dominic Scott Kay) who becomes her entire reason for living. She sequesters Paul form the world, gives him everything a child could want - except association with peers. Her obsession grows to the point of mental illness and the results are devastating. Along the way Emily and Paul encounter people who seek to intervene in their lives: these people are played with great style by cameo roles of Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Matt Dillon, Blair Brown and even some of the Bacon's own children! It is a star cast obviously committed to Kevin Bacon's vision of this star vehicle for Sedgwick.

The pacing, cinematography, and acting are all first rate. If only the ugly and senseless music hadn't submerged the dialogue (oddly enough the score was written by Michael Bacon!), this would be an Oscar contender. Grady Harp, September 06
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I had no idea this movie was based on a novel. Had I known that, I would have read the book first. It was a very dramatic film but is not a complete downer. It had a bittersweet ending which took me by surprise, although the first segment of the ending is predictable. I would have preferred to have the ending the same way it happened in the book, but Kevin Bacon decided to change it to show the beauty and value of the relationship between Kyra Sedgwick's character and her son Paul.

Basically, this story is about a woman who grew up being neglected by her parents and demonstrates what can and does happen when the child grows up. Neglecting children is often worse than physically abusing them. One of the strange things about humans is that whatever terrorizes and tramatizes us in childhood, becomes a source of attraction later in life. In this film we see a woman who was tramatized by neglect from her parents (physically, emotionally and mentally). Her parents always put her down, embarrassed her, showed her hardly any affection. Her parents were so close to each other yet so far from her. As the little girl becomes a woman, she becomes a loner or an outcast and is eccentric. When she has a child by some random man she hooked up with, she becomes close to the child, yet so far from him. So far from him in that she doesn't care about his true feelings and doesn't care about him as a person and this is the same thing which traumitized her as a child (neglect). All she is wants from him is love... forever.
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Obviously a vanity project by Kevin Bacon for his lovely wife Kyra Sedgwick, Loverboy features a bizarre almost startling performance by Sedgwick. Put the whole movie down as an admirable failure, it's a good try, but the movie is constantly at odds with itself as though Bacon is struggling to achieve the right form and tone.

From the opening scenes we know there is something not quite right with Emily Stoll (Sedgwick). She's a 30-ish single woman whose parents have left her a large trust fund. She conveniently doesn't have to work and has no interest in establishing a conventional home or relationships. All she wants is a child and is determined to have one by any means necessary.

She travels the country in search of men whose genetic material meets her exacting standards. After countless fruitless sexual encounters - including a quickie amongst the stacks of a library - Emily returns to her home in Chicago dispirited and at a loss. Finally, however, gets pregnant by a poetic commodities trader (Campbell Scott) whom she meets in the elevator.

Nine months later, voila: a child is born unto her, she names him Paul and in a voice over, she describes her son's early years as some kind of idyllic existence. The story then jumps to when Paul (Dominic Scott Kay) is 6-years-old and developing an independent streak -- which mom views as a full-blown crisis, trouble sets in when Paul asks to go to school and mix with all the other boys and girls.

Home-schooled in bizarre, haphazard fashion by an overeducated mother with no grasp of age-appropriate teaching, he quickly tires of Mum's games and camping out in the back yard.
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