Kinsey
Directed by: Bill Condon
(Fox Searchlight)
Next to Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey is the least-seen film from 2004 to garner serious Academy Award attention and is deserving of even more acclaim. It joins Far From Heaven and Quiz Show as films from recent years that have skewered the hypocrisy of 1950s America while commenting on present repressive attitudes. The movie is a biopic based on the life of notorious Indiana sex-researcher Alfred Kinsey, with Liam Neeson as the bow-tied academic and the ever-dazzling Laura Linney as his GGG wife. Unlike most (all?) films based on true-life scientists, Kinsey is enormously entertaining as well as being informative, thanks to director Condon’s excellent script and the superb cast. It includes Oliver Platt, John Lithgow and Peter Sarsgaard, who without looking like him, channels the seductive voice and presence of a young John Malkovich. The hefty two-disc set includes the requisite director’s commentary, a hilarious gag reel, an interactive sex questionnaire and the most comprehensive and revealing making-of doc in many a moon. Essential viewing, and — as Linney says on the premiere-night red carpet — Kinsey is a great date movie.
—Carsten Knox

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