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The Sessions Trailer: John Hawkes and Helen Hunt Have Oscar-Worthy Sex Therapy

Given just its logline, The Sessions could sound like an American Pie sequel gone wrong: A disabled, thirtysomething man (John Hawkes) hopes to lose his virginity before his health finally gives out on him, and he hires sex surrogate Helen Hunt to do the job, falling for her all the while. So you’ll have to take it on faith from us, then: This is one of the very best films of the year, a gentle and witty drama that played like gangbusters at Sundance, where it was titled The Surrogate and spurred Oscar talk for Hawkes, a nude and brave Hunt, and co-star William H. Macy. Whether The Sessions can go the distance at awards time remains to be seen, but no matter what, it’ll be nice to have something so sweetly sex positive in the mix.

John Hawkes, Helen Hunt in The Sessions Trailer