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Based on a true story, "The Sessions" chronicles a few encounters between a polio victim forced to live (most of) his life in an iron lung and a sex therapist/surrogate who is enlisted to help him lose his virginity at age 36.

The three main characters, Mark, Cheryl, and Father Brendan are played by John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H Macy, respectively. And respectfully. And though it's not played for laughs, you can't help it; the audience I was with seemed as entertained as I was. There's something about awkward sex that's just funny sometimes. Ask my wife. Ba-dum.

Hawkes is particularly convincing - and entirely likable - as the man on a gurney. Hunt has always been a favorite of mine, and watching her parade around naked for the better part of the film wasn't so bad either. And William H Macy as the forgiving priest? It doesn't get better than this.

"The Sessions", probably not playing at the Cineplex near you, but worth searching out if you can find it.
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