Number of Times Seen – 2 (19 Apr 2006 and 29 Aug 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of one of the innovators of sexual research as he tried to fight against academic, social, political and religious pressures in order to make his research known and available to all who were interested.
My Take on it – This is a film that one would probably think would be too explicit and therefore would come across as being too uncomfortable to watch.
The truth is, the opposite is true.
They do a wonderful job presenting the subjects discussed in a very assuring, educational and adult manner that all feeling of uncomfortableness quickly disappear.
They are able to give us information in such great detail that it is extremely interesting and educational the whole way through.
This was information that was sorely missing from the world prior to this research and has led to so much more discoveries in the fields ever since.
Liam Neeson and Laura Linney are great as the leads and they have a unique kind of chemistry that works amazingly for their characters.
They are both distant yet also possess a kind of close intimacy which resonates so well for what they are trying to achieve.
The supporting cast is superb and we get great performances from Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt and William Sadler.
Bottom Line – Extremely interesting and educational film that gives us some much detail about information that is widely known now but was sorely missing from the world 70 years ago. Neeson and Linney are great together because we get a kind of closeness yet distance between the two that works great as their dynamic chemistry together. The supporting cast is superb with O’Donnell, Sarsgaard, Hutton, Lithgow, Curry, Platt and Sadler doing great jobs here. The subject matter should feel slightly uncomfortable, but they are able to present it all in a very assuring, educational and adult manner that it flows so easily the whole way through. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite containing relatively few depictions of sexual behavior, the MPAA gave the movie the R-rating for all the conversations about sex and verbal descriptions of sexual acts. However, according to director Bill Condon, the MPAA members thanked him afterwards, because they had found the movie very educational nevertheless. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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