Supplemental features include two wisely deleted scenes and a handful of short EPK featurettes. One deleted scene expands a bit on Cheryl’s relationship with her son. It would’ve only worked in the film had they chosen to focus more closely on Cheryl. The other is Mark’s fantasy sequence involving a bunch of can-can dancing nurses that would’ve only served as comic relief (and likely wouldn’t have drawn laughs). Of the five promotional featurettes (all under five minutes), the best is “John Hawkes Becomes Mark O’Brien” as it sheds some light on the process Hawkes underwent to portray the disabled character.
If I can recommend The Sessions, it is not for Helen Hunt’s nude scenes after all. Though she still looks fantastic and was very gutsy to strip down so often, the nudity is functional rather than titillating. The best thing about the film, hands down, is John Hawkes’ performance. Not only does he convey the physical limitations Mark lives with, he perfectly captures his self-deprecating humor and extreme apprehension during the early sessions.