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Loverboy (2006)



Critic Consensus: The transition from novel to film is awkwardly executed, and Sedgwick's character, despite the attempts to make her sympathetic, merely comes across as creepy and crazy.

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A mother once neglected as child but possessed of a heart overflowing with love grows increasingly despondent as her beloved child begins to claim his independence in director Kevin Bacon's adaptation of Victoria Redel's best-selling novel. If loving too much were a crime, well-meaning but overbearing mother Emily (Kyra Sedgwick) would be spending life behind bars with no hope of parole. When Emily was a child, her parents were deeply in love with one another but tragically indifferent to their affection-starved daughter. Now a grown adult with a deep-rooted desire to bear a child, Emily goes to desperate lengths to conceive before eventually giving birth to an exceptionally gifted boy whom she names Paul. Emily's devotion to Paul burns brighter than a thousand suns as she creates a wondrous world of books, music, art, and games to share with her growing child, but her ever more desperate attempts to preserve the purity of their relationship reach a frantic fever pitch as a kindhearted local man opens his life to the pair and Paul prepares for his first year of school.more
Rating: R (for sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Victoria Redel, Hannah Shakespeare
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
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Dominic Scott Kay
as Paul (age 6)
Oliver Platt
as Mr. Pomeroy
Sandra Bullock
as Mrs. Harker
Campbell Scott
as Paul's Father
Blair Brown
as Jeanette Rawley
Sosie Bacon
as Emily (age 10)
John La Fayette
as Allen Rawley
John Lafayette
as Allen Rawley
Melissa Errico
as Miss Silken
Naelee Rae
as Allison
Nancy Giles
as Principal
John Elsen
as UPS Delivery Man
Nick Gregory
as Library Donor
John Legend
as Memphis Parking Lot ...
Andrew Polk
as Coke Bottle Glasses ...
Rob Sedgwick
as Emily's 3rd Grade Te...
Susan Mieras
as Crossing Guard
Zack Savage
as Paul's Pal Jeff
Spencer Treat Clark
as Paul (age 16)
Valyn Hall
as Allison (age 16)
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Critic Reviews for Loverboy

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

Long before the 86-minute film runs its course, you'll want to bolt from your seat and call Child Protective Services.

July 20, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Even though Loverboy is only 86 minutes long, as it wore on, I wore out.

Full Review… | June 21, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

There is a lot of skill on display here and a great performance but I can't recommend it either because this woman is so clearly and obviously abusive and insane.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Emily is a complicated woman, all right, but she's a difficult person to spend an entire movie with.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

First-time director Kevin Bacon (Mr. Sedgwick) cleverly maintains a balance of discomfiting and familiar by jumping nimbly around Emily's life.

June 16, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Loverboy


[font=Century Gothic]In "Loverboy," Emily(Kyra Sedgwick) has decided to be the kind of parent her parents(Kevin Bacon & Marisa Tomei) never were.(All her memories of them are unpleasant and border on caricature.) Her first step is to give birth to her baby on her own with the help of a vast selection of sperm donors. When that does not work, she succeeds after a one night stand in Chicago. After the baby is born, she buys a house in Yonkers with cash.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Kevin Bacon, "Loverboy" is an insipid movie about motherhood that takes the conservative stance that all independently single mothers are kooks.(Admittedly, Kyra Sedgwick does have a way with playing neurotics, as demonstrated in "The Closer," especially when pastry is involved.) The movie naively believes that love is needed in making a baby when all is required is one unhappy accident. And there is nothing wrong with home schooling a child, even if some parents do it for religious reasons. Anyway, I think all parents, single or married, are selfish to one degree or another.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]And hey is that Sandra Bullock?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott and Matt Dillon were also in "Singles."[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A surprisingly well-made drama with a stunning ending.

Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

On the one hand, I hate Emily for being so selfish (a characteristic possibly passed down by her parents). On the other hand, the way she was portrayed by K. Sedg makes me feel that I'm being too judgemental. One question I have is how did the Emily of the 70s (the Life On Mars singing Emily) turn into the nutbag Emily of present day? She seemed so normal as a child. Sandra Bullock gave an incredible depth to her character who made only cameo appearances. For the funniest performance given a background extra EVER, skip to the part where Paul/Loverboy meets the school children for the first time (watch the boy third from the left). Hilarious.

Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

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