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Loverboy (2005)

Kyra Sedgwick , Dominic Scott Kay , Kevin Bacon  |  R |  DVD
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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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loverboy" on IMDb

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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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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "My equation was: Many men equals no father," September 23, 2006
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Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, not a movie for everyone though January 5, 2007
Format:DVD
Fine performances from everyone... 'specially Kyra and Dominic.

Dominic - this litle boy has a bright future ahead of him if he stays with acting... splendid job. His character was mature but innocent and smart enough to know that his mother calling him "loverboy" isn't exactly normal.

Kyra - I was glued to the screen, I couldn't take my eyes off her. She nailed her character... neglected by her own parents and vowing to be the only person that matters to her son. The clashing between them of her wanting to keep him close and Paul wanting to have a "normal" life were done.

The scene in the school with Paul's teacher and principal... you know what's going to happen after but when the ending comes it's still a bit of a shock.

Despite all Emily's faults, Paul still honors her at the end. You can tell that he still loved his mom despite her crazy antics...

Kevin and Marisa were hilarious as Emily's parents. .. they had good chemistry together.

It is a little hard to feel sympathy for Emily.. she's a complex woman, maybe with therapy she might not have turned out that way *shrugs* Who knows?

The only downside to the film was the music... sometimes it drowned out the actors words. Maybe if they re-package this one day, they can edit the soundtrack better.

Anyways, Some people may find this movie disturbing but I thought it was a good film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I was expecting a great movie from Kevin Bacon. The movie is OK, This novel turned motion picture debut by Kevin has all the ingredients of an interesting and moving film. Unfortunately these ingredients seem to fade away slowly as the film progresses.

Kyra Sedgwick who not only acts terrifically throughout the film, but also narrates it as well. Her character, a woman obsessed with having a child, and keeping it to herself forever, loses its flavor as it becomes more and more ridiculous. The small boy played by Dominic Scott Kay, should have been either re-cast or re-shot several times. His artificial deliveries take away from the seriousness of Sedgwicks maternal character again and again, and seem to make the film comical at times when it should not be. 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 her neighbor (Sandra Bullock) to be her mother. I will say that Kyra Sedgewick shows a great range of emotions and in certain parts, she has a strong resemblance to a younger Glenn Close. Mat Dillon, as a love interest, didn't work well into this screenplay, but Dillon did his best with the part he was given.

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. While watching this film you can't help but get the impression that this film was directed by a first-time Hollywood director, who called in a few favors from some of his famous friends.

Even though Kevin manage to give us an interesting plot his attempt wasn't completely successful. Beside that `LoverBoy' is a decent film provided by some great leading actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
Directed and performed by Kevin Bacon along with his friends & family!
It never got the recognition it deserved but YOU can STILL have the privileged of seeing it!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Mama
From the beginning of the movie there is a tense uneasiness about the relationship evolving between Mama and "Loverboy" . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elaine Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loverboy
This is a quirky/weird movie with a mother showering too much love on her child. But it is very enlightening about some women's choice to go it alone without a man.
Published 14 months ago by Jonathan Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars loverboy
I would recommend this to anyone who likes Kyra Sedgwick she is a great actor I enjoyed this movie greatly.
Published 15 months ago by nelly123
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...see it if Sedgwick fan
Interesting and depressing character study. Kevin Bacon directs and acts. His wife Kyra is very good as usual. Just not completely satisfying. See it for Kyra.
Published 16 months ago by texasmovielover
4.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL
This was a unique, sometimes unnerving, movie. The acting was exceptional, the concept different. The Sedgwick/Bacon families certainly showed their many talents.
Published 17 months ago by Dixie Rae
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Kevin Bacon's wife
I love KB and was happy he was in this movie. This movie was very interesting about an over zealous woman who got pregant with a kid with no father in mind. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CHARLIE
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy Mommy
Together, for the first time since starring together in the 1991 Slacker Hit "Singles", Kyra Sedgewick, Campbell Scott & Matt Dillion head a B+ cast of old Box Office Draws to... Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Jimmy R
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Give Me 84 Minutes of My Life Back
I started viewing this depressing movie and continued to watch, hoping to find some meaning in the story or anything that would make it feel worthwhile. Did that ever happen? Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Luanne Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I watched this movie not knowing what to expect, but by the end of this movie, I was in love with it! It is a great story, a little tragic, but still worth the time to watch it.
Published on September 27, 2011 by Callie T.
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