This movie was the precursor to Showtime's cable series Masters of Sex beginning in 2013.Concerned Women for America (CWA) protested that the film was "an attempt to cover up sex researcher Alfred Kinsey's horrifying reality." They accused the film of misrepresenting how Kinsey actually had encouraged pedophiles to molest children (in the name of science).
Other neo-Puritanical proponents thought the film was another example of how Hollywood was normalizing perversion, attacking Christian values about sexual morality, and promoting a "pro-homosexual agenda." And an advertisement for the film was initially rejected by PBS' WNET in New York because the film was deemed too commercial and provocative.
The non-erotic, non-exploitative, and non-prurient film was attacked by morality extremists for its candid and frank drama about the famous Indiana University doctor's obsessive life-work.
In a naturalistic style of story-telling, the flawed and widely-ridiculed film followed Clay's westward trip in his black van to Los Angeles, California after he had lost an East Coast (New Hampshire) race.
During his trip, he met fleetingly with three women and connected only briefly with each of them before leaving - all were named after flowers: When the self-absorbed film was first screened for the press at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, critic Roger Ebert called it "the worst film ever shown at Cannes," prompting a prolonged feud of words between Gallo and Ebert.
Soon, the couple began kissing as he took her head/face forcefully with his two hands on her cheeks and hungrily kissed her.
He undressed her down to her black bra and panties as she reclined back on the bed.
After more kissing and fondling of her naked breasts, as he stood before her at the side of the bed, he undid his belt buckle, released his pant's fly, and she took his male member into her mouth to begin the infamous 'blow-job' scene - as he held himself.
As she pleasured him in her mouth, they still engaged in a conversation about their love for each other.
Later, she was engaged in an extra-marital affair with her husband's bi-sexual teaching assistant Clyde Martin (Peter Sarsgaard) - who also had a homosexual encounter with Kinsey and appeared in a full-frontal scene.[Note: Kinsey also had a strict religious upbringing which impacted his own personal feelings about sex (feelings of shame when contemplating masturbation for himself as a young man) and his own inability to be completely comfortable with his own body.
It told about how a young Kinsey was punished with a confining genital strap to prevent him from masturbating by his ultra-moralistic, bullying, and repressive minister father (John Lithgow).] In the film's final heartbreaking interview scene with an older, middle-aged lesbian subject (Lynn Redgrave in a cameo), she expressed how she was freed from homosexual guilt after experiencing lesbian feelings: ("After I read your book, I realized how many other women were in the same situation.
Then, they talked about the last encounter of their tragic relationship, when Bud reacted jealously to Daisy's past indiscretion at a party, where she had smoked dope and acted provocatively with some other guys. He moaned about her drug-addicted habit, especially when she was pregnant.