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Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, 2013

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This apparently racy, lacy story about a good American girl who became a blue-movie sensation had serious Boogie Nights-style potential. But thanks to Epstein and Friedman’s realist approach, it is more sadface than sexy or glamorous: mind you, so is the porn industry.

Amanda Seyfried is rather good as the vulnerable ingénue who, after the stellar success of Deep Throat, was pimped out to all and sundry by her violent creep of a husband Chuck (Peter Saarsgard). Kudos for the seamy period detail – the perms, crochet and dodgy moustaches are spot on.

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