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Loverboy (2005)

Kyra Sedgwick , Dominic Scott Kay , Kevin Bacon  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5M3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loverboy" on IMDb

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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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15 of 17 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Little Movie February 9, 2007
Format:DVD
"Loverboy" is a creepy, little-seen drama that marks the directorial debut of Kevin Bacon and stars Kyra Sedgwick. I wanted to see the movie because I like Kevin Bacon and it's always interesting to see actors trying to direct, I knew little about the synopsis, and whether you love or hate this movie...I doubt you'll forget it afterwards. This is a creepy movie, that could be creepier in different hands but Bacon takes a film that has echoes of movies like "The Virgin Suicides" and every other "mother who loves son way too much" movie and saves it from becoming a soap opera. Sedgwick gives a dynamite performance as Emily, a woman who desperately wants to have a child. Being neglected as a child by her Romeo & Juliet-like parents (played by Bacon and Marisa Tomei), she wants to have a perfect child whom she can be with for the rest of her life. When she finally conceives a baby with a man (Campbell Scott) during a one night stand, she moves as far away from other people as she can and begins to raise her son Paul whom she dubs "Loverboy." As Paul gets older, he begins to want to go to school. But the outside world overwhelms Emily and she desperately tries to keep her and her son together. A movie with incestual overtones and one of the more haunting endings I've seen out of a film from 2006, "Loverboy" is not a film that will appeal to the masses. The film is not perfect, but it is good and Bacon is a good director who worked with a great cinematographer on the film. The movie has a lot of atmosphere to it and features some beautiful cinematography and art direction. The script is very well written, because it does come very close to going over-the-top. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This demonstrates that men and women should learn that parenthood is a blessing not an entitlement.
Published 1 day ago by Berta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Kyra, but this isn't her best job. Shes a great actress though.
Published 1 month ago by musicmaker
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 9 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 13 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 22 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
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