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Lovelace, Amanda Seyfried

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When Deep Throat was released in 1971, no one thought it would become industry's first mainstream triple X. The story was about Linda, a woman born with an only-in-porn medical condition. Her doctor quickly suggests what she can do with that special talent. Ah, the '70s: as silly as skin flicks ever were.

Linda Lovelace became a star, going on talk shows, even debuting her own product line. To many, she was seen as a feminist icon, but her real life was much more complicated. Bullied by a tyrannical husband into an industry that never really cared for women, Linda struggled for years to escape the institution that made her famous.

The new biopic Lovelace has a pretty by-the-numbers script by Andy Bellin. Documentary vets Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman directed the film. Thankfully, the cast convinces. Amanda Seyfried is the doe-eyed Linda. Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco and Sharon Stone round out the cast. Headed to the Cineplex to catch the racy flick? Check out these five things to know:

Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace

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1. Amanda Seyfried Balances Sex and Enlightenment: Before she passed away in 2002, Linda had become an advocate for women's rights, a born again Christian and much more. The film mostly centers around the making of Deep Throat. Nevertheless, Seyfried dons her ever-changing personality as easily as all those sexy outfits.

Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace

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2. Painful Marriage: Peter Sarsgaard is a ferocious storm of insecurity and oppression as Chuck, Linda's abusive husband. He's sleazier than the porn industry. 

Sharon Stone, Lovelace

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3. Sharon Stone Is Back Again, Born Again: Stone is nearly unrecognizable as Linda's working-class devout Christian mom, Dorothy. The former Basic Instinct star makes us understand a mother's concern for her daughter without ever being one note. This is her best performance since her Oscar-nominated turn in Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995).

Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Lovelace

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4. '70s-Period Hefner: As the original playboy, James Franco brims with all the smolder and sass of a very young Hef. In reality, Hugh was already in his mid-forties when Deep Throat opened, but he's always had the spirit of a twenty-something, so just go with it. As he did in Spring Breakers, Franco is better in indies like this than the studio pics like Oz the Great and Powerful

Adam Brody, Lovelace, Stars Playing Porn Stars

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5. Hardly R: We're not saying a film about the porn biz should push the boundaries of the restricted rating, but Lovelace feels more PG-13 in terms of skin and drug use. The R-rating has more to do with the subject matter. Dirk Diggler did racy with fewer bell-bottoms in Boogie Nights.