• The Sessions (2012)

The Sessions

Release Date: October 19th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2013

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

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 (Annika Marks) scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin, W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert

Director: Ben Lewin

Genres: Comedy drama , Biography

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: 2010s , Transformation , Touching , Witty ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The Sessions is admirable, and often enjoyable, yet self-limiting in concept. It's exactly about what it sets out to be about - no less but no more. show more

  • 80
    Ella TaylorNPR

    For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)