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The Sessions


Oct 18, 2012

Latest Home Video

Feb 11, 2013

MPAA Rating



Ben Lewin


John Hawkes
Helen Hunt
William H. Macy
Moon Bloodgood


2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Still shot from the movie: The Sessions.

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


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.

Content Details

Why Is The Sessions Rated R?

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

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Sessions...

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.

Extra info about this movie

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 Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Sessions.

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).

Canadian Movie Ratings

AB 18A Sexual Content.
MB 18A Nudity, Sexual Content.
ON 14A Mature Theme, Sexual Content.
QC 16+
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 18A

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Details on home video releases of The Sessions...

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

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