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“Ask Dr. Ruth” will play at The Varsity on Sunday, May 5.
“Ask Dr. Ruth” chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
“Maybe we don’t look at Dr. Ruth and impose the weight of the world on her slight shoulders in the way we do with Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” reports Entertainment Weekly. “Still, ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ has no trouble arguing that this spirited immigrant, who has happily played up her own person for humor and silliness, has had a tangible impact that goes well beyond the punchlines or the explicit individualized advice.”
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival favorite runs 1 hour and 40 minutes. It is not rated.