I mean, I could be this guy. Mark O’Brien. A poet, paralyzed from the neck down due to polio, who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity. Then he wrote an essay about it. And that essay became this movie, “The Sessions.”
Helen Hunt gives one hell of a performance. She’s simultaneously vulnerable, frustrated and BELIEVABLE. I think she could also be considered a little bit brave for tackling this role. You also won’t be disappointed by John Hawkes and William H. Macy (always dependable). So if you want a good movie that will make you think and feel grateful, while crying a little, go ahead and watch this movie.
Now, don’t go feeling sorry for this guy or anything. Just watch and imagine the courage it must have taken for Mark O’Brien to even pursue the loss of his virginity. And then be glad, that despite whatever challenges you have in life, you at least don’t have this one. Life can always be worse.
But the really COOL thing about life is that, no matter how bad it gets, it does get better. And that’s the real lesson in this movie.