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Review: ‘Sessions’ tells feel-good, low-key tale

October 16, 2012 • Entertainment


This publicity photo released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Helen Hunt in a scene from “The Sessions.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Given that it’s based on the true story of a man with polio who spends most of his time in an iron lung, “The Sessions” is not as painfully heavy-handed as it might sound. And given that it’s about this man’s nervous attempts to lose his virginity at age 38, it’s also not as obnoxiously wacky as it might sound.

Instead, “The Sessions” occupies a safe gray area somewhere in the middle. It has some difficult and heartfelt performances as well as moments of uncomfortable honesty, but ultimately writer-director Ben Lewin’s film feels too slight, too pat, and too wildly overhyped out of its festival showings. It is, in short, a nice story Login to read more

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