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Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate
Private Practices The Story of a Sex Surrogate
Actor: Maureen Sullivan
Director: Kirby Dick
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 15min

In this cult doc from 1985, director Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) weaves a fascinating study of the curious role of a sex surrogate in the then-new discipline of sexual therapy. Maureen Sullivan and two of her c...  more »


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Actor: Maureen Sullivan
Director: Kirby Dick
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/27/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A heartfelt film about human intimacy
Alice K. | Philadelphia, PA | 01/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this film--as an 80s time-capsule of poor video quality and bad fashions, it immediately sucks you in. I expected it to be a kind of comical, after-school-special type film, but it is so unflinchingly honest about private human impulses and desires and longing to connect with others that I found myself quite moved. The director commentary is really great--he goes through the interesting boom-and-bust history of sex surrogacy, what happened to Maureen after the film, and what it was like to film such intimate scenes. At first I thought his conversational partner was annoying and borderline rude, but then I realized that he does represent a common reaction to the film--that of, "Well isn't she just a prostitute?"--and Kirby Dick respectfully treats it as a valid reaction but goes on to articulate what makes Maureen's work so special, and why she's so good at it. See this film!!"