Theatrical Release: January 6, 2005


This biopic of scientist Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), whose controversial research and sensational report on male sexuality in the 1940s shocked the world, is part educational and part titillating. Dr. Kinsey grows up in a strict, religious family, where sexual thoughts and urges are suppressed. After he becomes a highly respected biology professor at the University of Indiana, one of his brilliant students, Clara (Laura Linney), falls hard for the shy, intense professor, and they marry. The difficulty that the newlyweds experience on their wedding night leads Dr. Kinsey to an obsessive study of the human body. He discovers how ignorant most married couples are and begins to lecture on sexuality to audiences of engaged or married couples. Graduate students assist him in interviewing thousands of people about their most intimate behavior, feelings and expectations. Also starring Chris O’Donnell and Timothy Hutton.

Dove Review

It is amazing how differently society views sexuality and sex these days as compared to when the movie was based. I found the actual study that professor Kinsey was performing to be very intriguing. It showed that, as in most cases with people, knowledge is devised without a proper gathering of facts, therefore the “information” is far from the truth. As stated above, the information in the movie was good, but overall, the movie was not. I don’t recommend this film.

Kinsey’s experiment turned away from the innocent gathering of knowledge. He slept with one of his male colleagues, who ended up having an affair with Kinsey’s wife, with Kinsey’s knowledge. Mostly the entire movie is not Dove approved, all except for the credits, maybe. The entire movie was about sexual relations and masturbation. There were a couple scenes of males masturbating, along with many scenes revealing women’s breasts. Also shown were scenes with sexual intercourse. The language wasn’t horrible, as in swearing, but there was still some of that also. I don’t recommend this movie for anyone.

Content Description

Sex: Entire concept of movie- talking about sex and masturbation and orgasms. Married couples committing adultery with other couples. Man masturbating (not actually seen), kid masturbating in bed. Too much to list specifically.
Language: 3 F’s, 2 S’s, 1 A, 1 D (written), 1 H, 1 GD, 1 J, queer
Violence: Men shown fighting (1 short scene)
Drugs: Alcoholic beverages consumed.
Nudity: Men’s penis’ shown several times, woman’s breasts shown many times, slides showing both male and female organs before and beginning of intercourse. Two men shown kissing, man’s butt shown.
Occult: None


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura LInney, Chris O'Donnell, Timothy Hutton
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge