- 1 hr 58 min
Kinsey, released in 2004, is a biographical drama film directed by Bill Condon, which tells the story of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a biologist, and sexologist, and his controversial studies on human sexuality. The film stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Kinsey, Laura Linney as his wife, Clara McMillen, and Chris O'Donnell as Wardell Pomeroy, one of Kinsey's colleagues. The movie begins with Kinsey as a young man, working as a professor of biology at Indiana University. Kinsey becomes interested in the subject of human sexuality after a student questions him about the mating habits of gall wasps. He realizes that little is known about human sexuality and decides to devote his career to studying it. Kinsey's research on sexuality quickly becomes controversial, as he goes against the popular opinion of the time that sex should only occur in the confines of marriage and should only be for procreation purposes. Kinsey believes that sex is a natural human behavior and should be studied objectively. He begins conducting interviews and surveys on sexual behavior, recording personal information that was considered taboo. Despite opposition from various groups, Kinsey continued his research, traveling across the country to collect data. Along the way, he meets his future wife, Clara McMillen, a student in one of his classes. Clara is initially skeptical of Kinsey's research, but she soon becomes his partner in both life and work. As Kinsey's research gets more in-depth, he discovers many facts about human sexuality that challenge common beliefs at the time. His research revealed previously taboo topics, such as premarital sex, homosexuality, and masturbation. This had an enormous impact on the public, making Kinsey a national figure and causing discussion and debate about the morality of his work. As Kinsey becomes more famous, he also becomes more controversial, with detractors alleging that he is encouraging immorality and promiscuity. The backlash against his work and public outcry against him sees him and his colleagues prosecuted under obscenity laws. Despite the challenges, Kinsey remains steadfast in his belief that sexuality should be discussed openly and objectively. Kinsey is a fascinating portrayal of the life and work of a controversial figure who changed the way sexuality is studied and understood. The film explores various themes, including the scientific method, morality, and the human condition. The film is well-acted, with Liam Neeson giving a particularly compelling performance as Alfred Kinsey, a complex and controversial figure. Overall, Kinsey is a thought-provoking and engaging film, shedding light on an important and sometimes misunderstood topic. The film honors Kinsey's dedication to advancing our understanding of human sexuality, and his legacy continues to be felt in the field of sexology today.