Film: Kinsey

Opened: November 12, 2004

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris O’Donnell, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker, William Sadler, John McMartin, John Krasinski, Lynn Redgrave, Julianne Nicholson, Veronica Cartwright, Kathleen Chalfant, Heather Goldenhersh, David Harbour, Benjamin Walker & Luke MacFarlane

A look into the study that presented the world-changing sexuality scale, Kinsey is all about self-discovery, which is seen most in the title character.

After publishing a book on gall wasps, Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) approaches his higher-up Herman Wells (Oliver Platt) about teaching a sex education course that focuses on safety not abstinence. Alongside his wife Mac (Laura Linney) and three colleagues, Kinsey begins a nationwide study on sexual habits.

The film treats its subject with care. It doesn’t shy away from language or sexual images, both of which are presented front and center, but it’s all done in a scientific manner and not exploiting.

An incredible ensemble supports a strong Neeson in a role unlike his others. He’s believable because he always seems more academic than anything else.

Final say: The scale tips in favor. ★★★★☆

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