By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Imagine living your entire life laying on a gurney, sleeping in an iron lung and relying on others for everything.  That is what Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) lives with every day and despite it all; he completes high school and college with a degree in poetry.   O’Brien is a man trying to be a good person and despite it all he has accomplished does not want to die a virgin. In comes Helen Hunt, a sexual surrogate named “Cheryl” but before proceeding he asks the permission of Father Berndan (William H. Macy).

This film is a spectacular story of one man’s life journey and it is fascinating to watch what happens.  I couldn’t help but feel for O’Brien’s plight because we all have our own journey but his is much harder than most of us regular folk and that makes it interesting at least for me.  I found it compelling because of the way he must trust in others.  Imagine if he hired a caregiver who mistreated him?  Luckily that does not happen here but I would imagine that unfortunately it does in the world which is awful. 

Ben Lewin, director and writer, writes a compelling human story where everyone in O’Brien’s world is there to help him and that is refreshing.  I would not recommend taking the kids to see this one because the overriding content is about his first sexual encounter.  But, on a human level, I think all adults should see this film because it is a wonderful story.

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