If there’s anyone you want a thumbs-up approval from on a movie about sex therapy, it’s Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who hijacked the mic at the end of the “The Sessions” preem at Dolby 88 Screening Room in Gotham.
“You!” she said, pointing at Helen Hunt at the Thursday night screening. “I want you to wear a contraceptive!”
She also expressed concern over John Hawkes’ almost gaunt physique in the film, and demanded he take off his top to prove he is healthy.
“I will do it if no one takes pictures,” Hawkes replied.
“On a very serious note, every psychology class, anybody who has dealings with sexual education should see that film,” the doctor concluded.
Later, over dinner at Circo, the Fox Searchlight pic’s real life sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene, reminisced about meeting director-writer Ben Lewin for the first time.
“When he came to my home, he came with (executive producer) Julius Colman,” she began. “They sat in my kitchen and they were asking me all sorts of questions and I said, ‘Wait a minute, I have to check my notes because it was 1986 when I worked with Mark O’Brien.'”
“I think one of the questions the film really answers is, what’s the difference between a sex surrogate and a hooker?” Lewin said during the Q & A. “I’m not sure hookers keep these kinds of notes.”