All Emily Stoll (Sedgwick) wants is a child of her own. Her yearning to be a mother stems from having been raised by inattentive parents. In time she gives birth to a boy named Loverboy AKA Paul. As the boy grows up, Emily becomes overly protective of Paul/Loverboy.
Not to be confused with the 1989 comedy film of the same name.
This film contains examples of:
- The '70s: Emily's childhood flashbacks take place sometime in the late 1970s.
- Adults Are Useless: Emily's parents Sybil and Marty.
- The Cameo: Several, including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, John Legend, Oliver Platt, Campbell Scott, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon himself in a Creator Cameo.
- Chosen Conception Partner: Emily goes with this option in order to conceive Paul/Loverboy.
- Driven to Suicide/ Together in Death: While Emily and Loverboy are spending the night in the car, Emily plans to kill herself and Loverboy by overdosing on pills.
- Generation Xerox:
- Sybil and Marty commit suicide by overdosing on pills when Emily is still a child, Emily also commits suicide when Loverboy/Paul is still a young boy.
- Just like Marty, Emily absorbs facts and decides to teach Loverboy herself.
- My Beloved Smother/Overprotective Mom: Emily, to the extreme
- Parental Substitute: Emily considers her neighbor Mrs. Harker as this.
- Who's Your Daddy?: Subverted in Emily's first child's case, Emily defends this by stating that "Many men equals no father".