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A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.

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Emily tells her son Paul, now six years old, the story of his life - how she sought motherhood, to be a mom without a husband, to raise a perfect, exceptional child, whom she calls Loverboy. In flashbacks told around a pretend car trip they take - so he can practice driving - we see Paul's infancy, their fun together (sometimes with a manic edge), and his growing desire to go to school and be with other kids. We also flash back to Emily's childhood, with parents so bound up with each other that she's virtually ignored. Is Emily going to be able to let Paul be with others? Or, can she, as in the David Bowie song she sings at a school talent show, construct a life on Mars? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some mothers aren't meant to be moms.

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$13,285 (USA) (16 June 2006)

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$29,690 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick also appeared in Lemon Sky (1988), Pyrates (1991), Murder in the First (1995), The Woodsman (2004), and Cavedweller (2004). See more »

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Emily: Fitting in with the outside world, respectability, suitability, conformity, were never high on my priority list; neither was normalcy. I admit: I cultivated arrogance. The world would be our school; I wanted to learn it and teach it to you.
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Shows that Bacon is a good director and Sedgwick a great actress but the screenplay isn't very compelling.
21 July 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not an every day movie. It shows that Kevin Bacon has imaginative and creative talent as a director. I certainly think that he should continue directing movies, despite the fact that this movie is far from a successful or great one.

I already thought that Kyra Sedgwick was a great underrated actress but I don't think I have ever seen a movie in which she played the main character. It was however no surprise to see that she pulled this of excellently. She manages to carry the entire movie almost on her own, even though her character is far from perfect.

Because you know that what the Sedgwick character does and wants is wrong and not always the best for her child's development and psychical state. So how could you feel for the main character and agree with the action she takes? The movie does try to explain this but not good enough to justify it- or satisfy me completely. therefor I also can't regard this movie is a good or successful one, even though its definitely well and professionally made.

Needless to say that the screenplay felt very flawed to me. When you already can't always feel or understand the main character, that is never a good sign for a movie. The sort of character and story could had worked and it has worked in previous movies but the story simply is not interesting or compelling enough to make it work.

The fact that the movie is told non-linear also doesn't make the movie any easier or better to watch. I liked the flashback sequences, especially with the Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei character because both go deliciously over-the-top in their roles but it also does make the movie an off-beat and not consistent enough one to watch. It tries to be more than it really is.

The movie is also really lacking in its editing at times, which is simply poor at moments. Also the musical score by Michael Bacon (yes, Kevin Bacon's brother) is way too simple. It's the sort of stuff you would expect to hear in an average TV-series episode.

The movie is filled with some cameos of famous and respected actors. It certainly does uplifts the movie but it's not quite good enough to completely save it as well.

An interesting but not completely successful attempt.

5/10

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