The Sessions

Posted on January 31, 2013


The Sessions – Based on true story of Mark O’Brien, played by John Hawkes, who had polio at a young age and was confined to an iron lung.  At the age of 38 or so, he’s still a virgin and a Catholic.  He gets his priest’s (William H. Macy) blessing to have sex outside of marriage and hires a sex surrogate.  Helen Hunt plays Cheryl Greene, a professional therapist, to help him lose his virginity.  She explains the difference between a sex surrogate and a prostitute is that you can pay the sex surrogate after having sex.

 Mark (pronounced “Mach” in Cheryl’s Boston accent) is a poet with an off-the-wall sense of humor who soon develops feelings for Cheryl.  In only four sessions, she begins feeling the same toward him.  This was hard for me to accept as I couldn’t see why this detached professional got involved so quickly.  There were lots of questions unanswered for me yet it’s a quality movie with quality performances.

Macy makes a warm, understanding priest.  Ms. Hunt is completely nude in many scenes and looks fine from any angle.  Adam Arkin (son of Alan) plays her husband quite well even though I wasn’t sure of what, if any, problems there were in their relationship.  Moon Bloodgood was excellent as Vera, Mark’s best assistant.