Inspired by the life of poet and journalist Mark O’Brien. Mark is 38 years old, he had polio as a child, he uses portable oxygen and an iron lung. He’s not paralyzed but his muscles don’t work. He’s never had a relationship with a woman and he wants that to change. He was in love with his caregiver and asked her to marry him but she didn’t accept. He contacts his priest for advice and a therapist for help. Cheryl is a professional sex surrogate but also a soccer mom with a husband and teen son. This film follows them in their relationship and Mark’s journey.
This is good, Mark is a very likable guy, he tries to experience his life to the fullest and people are drawn to him. He is grateful to his parents for their devotion to his considerable needs instead of sentencing him to a short life span in a care home. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
95 min, Drama directed by Ben Lewin with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin,W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert.
Note: Blockbuster 4*, imdb 7.2 out of 10, 94% critic 84% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.