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The Sessions 2012
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  • Ben Lewin
  • October 18, 2012
  • 98 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Romance
The festival hit of the year!
Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

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I'm not sure why Helen Hunt was nominated for an Oscar for this other than that she does full nudity. And if she's nominated, I don't understand why John Hawkes wasn't as he puts in such a strong performance with such limitations. This movie was seriously misadvertised. The trailer makes it seem like a comedy, which it is far from. And frankly, it's a huge let down. So much more could have been made out of this movie, and you walk away feeling that it's a failure of unrealized potential. I know it's based on a true story, but still, it could have been so much more.

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Quite good.

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