Touchy Feely (2013)
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TOUCHY FEELY is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact,
Sep 6, 2013 Limited
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
Trading her improv-based filmmaking style for a more traditional screenplay-grounded model, Lynn Shelton delivers an uneven mix of half-formed conflicts in Touchy Feely.
Despite its superb cast, Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely is a disappointing comedy-drama that raises some interesting ideas but fails to do anything interesting with them.
Touchy Feely is one of the best dramas I've seen in years, and the moments of comedy that go hand-in-hand with the drama are nothing short of hilarious.
Save for a star turn from veteran character actor Josh Pais, Lynn Shelton's latest is pretty much dead on arrival.
The twosome and threesome of Shelton's past becomes six individuals, each dealing with an aversion to emotional and physical contact to such an extent that, by the end, it may be hard for the viewer to feel much of anything.
Touchy Feely represents writer-director Lynn Shelton at both her most commercial and most mysterious, resulting in a comedy-drama that ultimately returns to her core themes: the bonds of family and the desire for connection.
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