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Loverboy

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Source: Catholic News Service

Well-acted if bleak story of a psychotic woman (Kyra Sedgwick) -- emotionally scarred in childhood -- who sets out to get herself pregnant and who later becomes an overly protective mother to her young son (8-year-old Dominic Scott Kay). Actor Kevin Bacon's big-screen directorial debut shows skill, and performances are fine all around (including those of Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott, Sandra Bullock and Bacon himself), but those elements are outweighed by a basically unlikable protagonist (Sedgwick's empathetic portrayal notwithstanding), deliberate pacing and a fairly predictable plot. Promiscuity, some brief sexual encounters, artificial insemination, partial rear and upper female nudity, breastfeeding, some crude language, an act of animal cruelty, suicide, and murder attempt. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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