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Academy Award® Winner Helen Hunt (Actress, “As Good As It Gets”, 1997) joins Academy Award® Nominees John Hawkes (Supporting Actor, “Winter’s Bone”, 2010) and William H. Macy (Supporting Actor, “Fargo”, 1996) in this triumphant true story about love, sex, desire...and making every breath count. Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics 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.
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Common Sense Says
Mature but deeply powerful look at sex and the disabled.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sessions' story about a man in an iron lung who decides to explore his sexuality with the help of a professional "sex surrogate" isn't appropriate for younger teens. But for mature older teens and adults, it's a film filled with compassion and hope that could provide a lesson about what sex and love mean and what they can bring to anyone's life when approached in a healthy manner. Expect plenty of nudity (including brief glimpses of a woman's private parts and breasts, as well as longer shots of her backside) and frank conversations about sex acts, orgasm, and more. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and "s--t."
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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:October 19, 2012
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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