The Sessions parents guide

The Sessions

Release date October 19, 2012

While many movies have been made about teenaged boys trying to lose their virginity, this script takes a slightly different angle. This time the goal belongs to a man in an iron lung. And instead of peer support, he turns to his therapist, a priest and a professional sex surrogate for help.

Why is The Sessions rated R? The MPAA rated The Sessions R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue.

The Sessions
Rating & Content Info

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

Why is The Sessions rated R? The Sessions is rated R by the MPAA for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Frequent use of explicit sexual language and descriptive sexual references, often in a clinical context.

- Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity in a therapeutic context (with breast and buttock nudity, and female frontal nudity shown.)

- Implied sexual activity.

- Depictions of nude breasts, buttocks and pubic regions in a sexual situation.

- Full frontal nudity in a sexual situation.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Sexual references and innuendo.


- One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang and slurs.

- Approximately 61 instances of sexual language.

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Smoking.

- References to drugs, alcohol or tobacco use.

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The Sessions
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A
Alberta 18A Sexual Content.
Manitoba 18A Nudity, Sexual Content.
Ontario 14A Mature Theme, Sexual Content.
Quebec 16+
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 18A

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No Review

We do not have a full review for The Sessions because it is rated R in the US and we usually only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies. However we do have some information about the content you can expect to see in this movie in the Content Details section.

News About "The Sessions"

Cast and Crew

The Sessions is directed by Ben Lewin and stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood.

For further information about the real Mark O'Brien, check these sources: New York Times article at the time of his death in 1999. An article on that speaks about his life including briefly discussing his sexual surrogate.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Sessions movie is February 11, 2013. Here are some details…

The Sessions releases to home video on February 12, 2013.

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This less than mainstream script stars some well-known actors, such as Helen Hunt (Soul Surfer, Pay It Forward) and William H. Macy (Sahara, Seabiscuit).