THE SESSIONS

Insidious Agenda

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Release Date: October 19, 2012

Starring: Helen Hunt, John Hawkes,
William H. Macy, Adam Arkin,
Rhea Perlman

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Corp.

Director: Ben Lewin

Executive Producer: Douglas Blake, Julius Colman,
Maurice Silman

Producer: Judi Levine, Ben Lewin,
Stephen Nemeth

Writer: Ben Lewin

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Stephen Gilula, President/COO
Nancy Utley, President/COO, Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Fax: (310) 369-2359
Website: www.foxsearchlight.com

Content:

(RoRoRo, PCPCPC, AbAbAb, FRFRFR, C, LLL, SSS, NNN, A, MMM) Very strong Romantic, politically correct worldview in an allegedly true story about a severely disabled man who gets the approval of his Catholic priest to hire a sexual surrogate to help him fornicate for the first time, including Catholic priest advises man that God “would give him a free pass” to pleasure himself without getting married, when no proper Catholic priest would ever give such advice, plus some Christian, faith references that aren’t attacked; about 39 obscenities and profanities, plus numerous lewd descriptions; no violence; extreme sexual content includes numerous graphic discussions of sex and sexual positions including numerous uses of graphic inappropriate slang, depicted fornication, disabled man inquires about numerous types of sexual activities, implied or discussed premature ejaculations, oral sex implied, and man reports “kinky” sex with a second woman in relationship that lasts five years before he dies; full frontal female nudity in some shots, upper female nudity, partial frontal male nudity with, upper male nudity; social drinking of alcohol in a couple of scenes; no smoking or drugs; and, sex surrogate is married, disabled man falls in love with his married sex surrogate, a few moments played for laughs where disabled man is telling his story to the priest in Confession and offends nearby fellow parishioners praying as they hear his graphic tales, and hedonistic pleasure mistaken for “true happiness.”

Summary:

THE SESSIONS is a reprehensible movie about a severely disabled Catholic man whose priest tells him it’s okay to hire a married sex surrogate. THE SESSIONS is not only immoral; it also attacks Christianity as emotionally damaging.

Review:

THE SESSIONS is a highly Romantic drama based on a true story where a severely disabled man gets his priest’s approval to have sexual relations with a professional surrogate. THE SESSIONS contains some highly emotional performances but is profoundly skewed and immoral, with extreme offensive content.

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.

In Brief:

THE SESSIONS is a reprehensible movie allegedly based on a true story. Mark O’Brien is a man who’s been 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 he will never experience sex or a long-term relationship. So, he turns to a new priest in his church. Mark shares his feelings with the priest. Eventually, the priest eventually tells Mark that God would give him a “free pass” to hire a professional sex surrogate. The one Mark hires happens to be married.

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.