The Sessions

Based on the triumpant true story


The Sessions
Set a few decades back, and based on a true story. A 38 year old man is confined to an iron lung, after polio left him more-or-less paralysed from the neck down. He is eager 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, by hiring a sex surrogate. However he did not count on how his feelings would react to this married woman. Note the age restriction, this film is not for the prudish.

No persons under 18 (Language, Sex, Nudity).
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sex, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Shall I tuck you in?
Shall I tuck you in?

Credits

Cast
John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks
Director
Ben Lewin
ScreenplayBen Lewin, from the article by Mark O'Brien
MusicMarco Beltrami
CinematographyGeoffrey Simpson
EditingLisa Bromwell
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2012
Produced bySuch More Films, Rhino Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageVery strong and frequent
NudityVery strong on sexual context
SexVery strong and frequent
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsA paraplegic man seeks the services of a sex therapist to sublimate his sexual desires and ends up falling for the married sex surrogate.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
1
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
3
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Ann Hornaday quote iconSingular take on poet's sexual awaking.
15
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi
15
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconOne man's lust for life.
15
Box Office
Rayy Greene quote iconEverything The Sessions touches becomes its own, and is made new.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Sessions isn't really about sex at all. It is about two people who can be of comfort to each other, and about the kindness that forms between them. This film rebukes and corrects countless brainless and cheap sex scenes in other movies. It's a reminder that we must be kind to one another.
18
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe Sessions provides a window into an aspect of the world from which most viewers are insulated. It affirms truths that should be self-evident about the concept of humanity being more a state of mind than body, but that the needs of the body cannot be ignored.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconJust see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
18
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs
11
Metacritic.com
39 critics
16
Rottentomatoes critics
179 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconTender, 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.
19
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
16
Movie Review Intelligence
48 critics
16

What the People say

Internet
9866 Netizens quote iconSex is the theme of life
15

Average .. 79%

16

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