Let's talk about sex.
Directed by: Bill Condon
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
Professor Alfred Kinsey, a biology professor, embarks on a study of human sexuality and ends up as the subject's most famous expert.
A biopic of Alfred Kinsey (most famous for publishing the 1-in-10 statistic of homosexuality through his behavioral interviews) seems to be an unusual subject for a film. Especially a big studio film (Fox Searchlight), albeit one made with a relatively low budget (reportedly only $11 million).
And indeed, the film does sag in places. It's not a flawless film. But it is nevertheless an excellent one. Neeson delivers a low-key, subtle performance. Laura Linney (who received a Best Supporting Actress Cosmo nomination last year) is terrific as his enlightened, understanding wife. Peter Sarsgaard steals every scene he's in, and not just because of his insistence on doing full frontal nudity for one of his love scenes (though in many ways, his performance in "Shattered Glass" was more worthy of a nomination). But it is John Lithgow's performance as Kinsey's conservative father that, as usual, is the real powerhouse.
"Kinsey" won't be my favorite film of the year by any means. But it is an important one, and will probably do well, especially in categories like Best Historical and Best Queer Film. (Ooops, did I let the cat out of the bag revealing that new category?)
My Rating: 8
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