Thursday, June 25, 2015


Alfred Kinsey has made his name by studying gall wasps during his tenure as professor at Indiana University when, due to a puritanical upbringing and difficulty consummating his marriage to a doting student (Laura Linney), he decides to embark on sex research project, soon publishing his groundbreaking and controversial Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948. Bill Condon's Kinsey is somewhat unpleasant, grounded and features an overacting Neeson who struggles with his Midwestern accent. However, Linney and Peter Saarsgaard, playing one of the researchers, are quite good in support and the film offers several great scenes including the final one between Neeson and John Lithgow, portraying Kinsey's stern minister father.
*** out of ****