Release Date: October 19, 2012
Starring: Helen Hunt, John Hawkes,
William H. Macy, Adam Arkin,
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: Ben Lewin
Executive Producer: Douglas Blake, Julius Colman,
Producer: Judi Levine, Ben Lewin,
Writer: Ben Lewin
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Mark O’Brien is a man who has been basically paralyzed by polio since he was a boy. He has to spend more than 12 hours a day trapped in an iron lung in order to breathe. Mark is a devout Catholic who attends Mass daily. He’s also profoundly lonely, fearing that he will never experience sex or a long-term relationship. So, he turns to a new priest in his church, Father Brendan. Mark shares his feelings with Father Brendan. The priest eventually tells Mark that God would give him a “free pass” to hire a professional sex surrogate.
Mark hires Cheryl and soon finds himself learning to be physically intimate while fighting off deeper emotions for her over the course of a few weekly sessions. Ultimately, the discovery of his deeper feelings creates problems in her marriage. Her husband only allows her to have sex with people for their therapy as long as she doesn’t get emotionally attached to them or allow them to get attached to her. As Mark becomes sexually active, the movie uses uplifting music and a stellar cast to make viewers feel happy for Mark.
Needless to say, THE SESSIONS is a reprehensible movie. The priest’s advice clearly runs counter to the way a real Catholic priest (or for that matter, any legitimate Christian minister) would act, both in terms of promoting adultery and premarital sex. Also, the sex surrogate says Mark’s moral qualms about what he’s doing are examples of the sexual “repression” people have endured from Christian and other traditions. Finally, the movie includes plenty of foul language, lewd dialogue, and extreme sexual situations with extreme nudity.
THE SESSIONS has an insidious, abhorrent agenda. It not only views sexual immorality as inherently good; it also views Christianity as emotionally damaging.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:6.
THE SESSIONS uses uplifting music and a stellar cast to make viewers feel happy for its misguided protagonist. THE SESSIONS has an insidious, abhorrent agenda. It not only views sexual immorality as inherently good. It also views Christianity as emotionally damaging. Finally, THE SESSIONS includes plenty of crude dialogue, adultery, and other examples of extreme offensive content. Its perverted message is representative of a diseased, evil soul.