Bill C’s Review – 3.5 put of 5
The Sessions is a touching movie based on the autobiographical writings of Mark O’Brien. O’Brien was a writer who spent most of his time each day in an iron lung after coming down with polio at the age of 6. At 38, he decides to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate. This is a well-told story, with some humor thrown in, of a man who despite the his terrible misfortune strives to get and give the most out of life.
The performances by John Hawkes (as O’Brien) and Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate are excellent. The physical limitations of his character makes Hawkes’ performance even more impressive.
While not for everyone, The Sessions is a very good and emotionally uplifting movie.