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The Sessions


John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood View All


Ben Lewin (Director), Ben Lewin (Writer) View All

Release: May 2nd, 2012
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.
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4 The Sessions - Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.
Tender, sweet, funny, mature, sad, and exhilarating all at the same time. Some really brave acting by the 2 leads, especially Hunt. By the end of this movie I was wrecked and the tears were flowing ev...

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We feel great sympathy for the character of Mark O'Brien, but it does not come about as a result of Hawkes playing the role for the miserable tragedy that his life is, as the film could easily have had him do.
The film also provided an eye-opening look at the difference between sex surrogacy and prostitution, which is beautifully explained by Cheryl who makes it clear to Mark minutes into their first meeting that they will only have six sessions together and that she is a private woman with a private life.