A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 6.4/10 (432 voted)
Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Storyline At the age of 36, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Surrogate, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood.
Cast: John Hawkes
William H. Macy
W. Earl Brown
Dr. Laura White
Release Date: 19 October 2012
An unusual story most skillfully handled
The niche subject matter will not be to everyone's taste but the
handling of it by the artful Ben Lewin has been most skillfully and
sensitively handled. The casting, particularly Helen Hunt, is ideal and
Ben's subtle Jewish humour adds just the right touch to what could so
easily have become a difficult story to keep on the move. As the film
progressed I became increasingly intrigued by how it might end but it
never loses interest and the combination of a tight script, good acting
and very sensitive direction keeps the tension right to the end.
Although a low budget production, it never feels like it and is vastly
more satisfying than the big name run-of-the-mill rubbish Hollywood
churns out far too often. This is a rewarding film in its own right and
a valuable study into how tough life is for the seriously disabled. It
provides a great service to everyone caught in such extreme
circumstances and deserves success.