Tuesday 18th January 2022

Kinsey (15)
Directed by: Bill Condon
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

All I knew about this film before I watched it was that it was about a sex researcher, and I assumed it would probably be about a depraved sex addict who spent all his time getting his end away and writing about it. However, that's not really what Kinsey is like at all.

Kinsey and his gang of researchers
Kinsey and his gang of researchers

Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York) gives a sober performance as Dr Alfred Kinsey, a thoughtful and driven college Professor who has an interest in Gall Wasps. He collects over a million specimens and studies them carefully, determining that each is absolutely unique.

Kinsey is later intrigued by the lack of sexual education at his college, which is causing young people to think they are unhealthy for having natural thoughts and desires, and he is shocked to find perfectly normal sexual acts to be discouraged by teachers and publications across the USA. And so Kinsey embarks on a new study, similar to that of his Gall Wasps, in which he interviews thousands of Americans about their sexual histories, hoping to gather a vast amount of data and produce a series of books to demonstrate to the public what really is normal behaviour.

His research quickly uncovers some interesting facts about the attitudes and activities of the American public, and he goes on to gather data on over 18,000 people during the course of his 15 years of research. Most of us have probably heard of the first book that he published on this research, "Sexual Behaviour of the Human Male", which was one of the first scientific studies of human sexual behaviour ever, and unleashed a tide of sexual awakening and exploration in America. Of course, controversy was not far behind.

This film is very interesting, especially from a scientific, historical and sociological point of view, and it is very well made. However, it lacks that certain something that would make it extremely watchable or enjoyable. I can't quite put my finger on what it is missing, but I do know that I wouldn't be upset if I missed this film completely. It's slightly above average and no hardship to watch, but not one to rush out and see.

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Length: 118 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 4th March 2005

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