A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart & mind of a woman who loved too much. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/22/2007 Starring: Kyra Sedgwick Kevin Bacon Ru... more »n time: 86 minutes Rating: R« less
Erica B. (Movies4life) from BARNESVILLE, MN Reviewed on 10/30/2017...
This movie is a lost treasure just waiting to be found. Kyra Sedgwick does an amazing job portraying a mother who loves her son, and the dysfunction of her childhood. There is a interesting twist in the film. Kyra can play crazy well, but one is left wondering: Nature vs. Nurture. I enjoyed this movie, but not for the faint of heart in dealing with very sensitive topics.
Sally P. from FRESNO, CA Reviewed on 8/15/2009...
I did not watch much of this movie. I thought it was terrible. Requested as I like Kyra Sedgwich so much. Don't know why she did a movie of the caliber.
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Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ Reviewed on 2/2/2009...
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are husband and wife. Now before you start thinking that he does movies to give her work. You have to know Kyra can hold her own. This movie is based on a book by Victoria Redel's which I have not read. After seeing the movie I need to read the book to see if I can better understand this mother. It is rated R due to many sex scenes in the beginning. If nudity bothers you this might. Kyra is in great shape for her age or for any age. Kevin Bacon did an excellent acting job. Marisa Tomei plays Kevin Bacon's wife - Sybil Stoll
"My equation was: Many men equals no father,"
M. J Leonard | Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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. Because Emily is unhinged from the start and wants Paul all to herself, she takes Paul on an abrupt "vacation" trip to a remote, off-season coastal cottage where they can be alone together.
But even here there are nosy, overfriendly neighbors, with whom Paul gets along dismayingly well, especially the hunky geologist/fisherman Mark (a really hot Matt Dillon), who clearly wouldn't mind completing the "family" as husband and father. As Emily feels as though she's beginning to lose control of Paul, her world begins to spiral out of control and she panics even more when he eventually goes to school and she can't bear her "genius" son to become "just" a normal kid.
Periodically Bacon inserts flashbacks starring himself and Marisa Tomei as Emily's mother and father and Sandra Bullock as a kindly and hip neighbor in a half-hearted attempt to explain why she turned out the way she did. Emily's feelings of security were crushed by her parents who were too absorbed in each other to take much of an interest in their little girl.
Apart from the awkward structure, what stops this film being a good film is the intrusive soundtrack that seems to deaden much of the obsessive mother-son drama-taking place. Likewise the visual aspects are muddled with interludes of soft-focus, skewed angles and distorted lenses. If all this means to illustrate that Emily lives in a dream world, it backfires - her hyper-controlling nature is at odds with a showy production that's all over the map.
Sedgwick is very good here; it's just a pity that she can never seem to rise above the material she's been given. Meanwhile, the events leading up to the fateful climax feel like they're taken from a completely different movie. There are some nice moments, and even disturbing ones - but the over-stylized gimmicky production values that don't really work end up hampering and weighing down what could possibly have been a good film. Mike Leonard September 06. "
A Beautifully Acted, Disturbing Story About Obsessive Mother
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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"
This is a commendable effort from a first time Hollywood dir
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 09/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
"Has a mother ever loved her son more?"
Allie Cat | Savannah, GA | 07/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this movie on a whim because I remembered the trailer being pretty interesting. Let me just say that I was not disappointed. Kyra Sedgwick was brilliant as Emily, and I was really able to identify with her. As a mother of a two-year-old boy, I found the first three-fourths of this movie to be oddly inspiring. Possibly due to my young age of 21, I've never wanted to be the typical soccer-mom so I found Emily's eclectic style of parenting to be rather appealing. For example, the splatter-painting Paul's room, camping out in the backyard, the 'roam abouts', etc. One of my absolute favorite scenes is where Emily plays an invisible flute in the rain as Paul conducts (if anyone knows the name of the song, please let me know). On the other hand, Emily's obsession went off the deep end towards the end of the movie and you can actually see her just going over the edge as Paul pushes for more independence. All of that being said, I think that it's much easier for a mother to sympathize with Emily rather than condemn her in the end. This has definitely become my favorite movie just because it is so different, and so sadly beautiful. I also picked up the book a few weeks ago, and it was wonderful as well. "
Poignant and somewhat disturbing
Haseeb | Tempe, AZ United States | 06/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. "