The Sessions (2012)
Critic Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. -- (C) Fox Searchlight
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Critic Reviews for The Sessions
The Sessions is an unflinching, moving and often funny story about dignity and sexuality.
It's all so plodding and beige, yet giving this movie a bad review is like kicking a kitten.
The Sessions is a tender, well-intentioned examination of a disabled man exploring his sexual identity, but sometimes a film needs more than just good intentions.
May sound like shameless Oscar-bait, but in truth the film is simpler than that, more small-scale, with a light and unpretentious sense of humor.
It's difficult not to be impressed with director and screenwriter Ben Lewin's ability to bring this distinctive and surprisingly emotional story to the big screen.
Audience Reviews for The Sessions
Despite its unnecessary ending (with a completely out-of-place narration), this is a compelling drama centered on fascinating characters - and most of its strong emotional power is due to Hawkes and Hunt, who should both win a million awards for their outstanding performances.
"The Sessions" is an engrossing drama about sex with amazingly fearless performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, in a career-best performance.
Surprisingly good. Really expected this to be worthy and a bit of a yawner, but it's actually quite funny and sweet as well as sad. Performances are perfect.
The Sessions Quotes
|Mark:||God wasn't actually denying my sexuality. He was just pointing out to me how useless it was.|
|Father Brendan:||It's amazing to me how often God is brought into the sex act. I understand even among nonbelievers the most common expression of sexual ecstasy is, "Oh, God." Heh.|
|Father Brendan:||In my heart, I feel He'll give you a free pass on this one. Go for it!|
|Mark:||She's the most wonderful person on the planet.|
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