Picture from The Sessions

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.

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue.

The Sessions

Release Date: 19 October 2012 (Limited)

Because we usually only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.

Brief Summary: The Sessions is a film based on a true story about Mark O’Brien, a childhood polio survivor who, due to nearly complete paralysis below his neck, is dependent on an iron lung for most of his breathing. Eventually attending UC Berkeley and completing an English degree in five years, Mark also wanted the experience of having a sexual relationship—the main focus of this film.

In the movie Mark (John Hawkes) hires Cheryl (Helen Hunt) to help him achieve this goal. Many scenes in the movie depict their sessions with Cheryl (Hunt) seen completely naked in multiple shots. While the sexual relationship is handled on a very clinical level, there are detailed sexual discussions and sexual activity is depicted without explicit visual details.