groups were up in arms over the fact that Hollywood was going to do a movie
about America's first prolific, rigorously scientific sex researcher, Alfred Kinsey. Both radio talk show host 'Dr.' Laura Schlessinger and Meese Commission
researcher Dr. Judith Reisman have mounted campaigns, first to have the
project abandoned, and later, to convince moviegoers not to see it by charging that Kinsey's personal sexuality included pedophilia (a charge this film skirts but does not deny) and that his research results were inaccurate, especially as
regards homosexual behavior.
It is perhaps in response to such character assassination that the film's
releasing company has provided trailers to theaters and on its Website that are vague if not actually misleading about the film's content. But hopefully, such skewed criticisms will simply inspire more viewers to attend this top-notch tale, which succeeds wildly on both cinematic and biographical levels.
Kinsey is an excellent portrait of the man, his wife and his research team,
complete with all the foibles attendant to sexual researchers living in a sexually- repressed and -repressive environment. Viewers are also treated to snapshots
of Kinsey's parents and their repressed sexuality, as well as various
interviewees, who range from the relatively normal to the completely whacked- out (William Sadler).
I expect to see Oscar nominations for actors Neeson, Linney and Sarsgaard,
director Condon, the cinematography, the editing and the screenplay. This is a feast!