Poet and polio sufferer Mark O’Brien’s real-life experiences with a sex surrogate could have been played for laughs: The 40-Year-Old Virgin in an iron lung.
Instead Ben Lewin’s drama is that rarest of things: a film as insightful about sex as it is about disability.
John Hawkes is phenomenal as the sharp mind rendered helpless by physical intimacy.
Oscar-nominated Helen Hunt is equally impressive as his surrogate, touched in turn by O’Brien’s vulnerability.
Their time together makes for adult cinema in the best sense: frank and funny about the desires of body and soul.