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Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) is a sought-after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine, running a failing dental practice with his assistant and daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, Abby develops an aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her unable to do her job, but also severely affects her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy). As Abby navigates her way through an identity crisis, her brother’s dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.”
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: "Touchy Feely" becomes disoriented and doesn't recover its direction.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: A work that gestures toward depths without truly plumbing them.
Rotten: Just as tedious as waiting in a dentist's office for an hour and a half, Lynn Shelton's latest fumblingly cutesy outing ought to be her last.
Hey, with all the really bad movies available for viewing displeasure these days, I'm not going to complain one bit when I get to watch something as unusual/odd as this. Very interesting acting, especially by Ellen Page and Josh Pais who is a kind of revelation. Allison Janney is of course her usual amazing self (in fact this movie reverberates in kind with the wonderful "The Way Way Back" - also graced by Janney), so deeply does she inhabit her roles. I am a complete sucker for movies wherein everybody gets what they really need and a form of winning is portrayed that is believable and without bathos. Life can be this way, dammit. I believe! People who don't like this movie: cynical, hipless sticks-in-the-existential-mud. More please.
I'm glad I watched this despite its low Rotten Tomatoes rating as it turned out to be a really nice, sweet film. In the film, there's a performance of "Horses" (by Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway) which is such a great song.
needs a lesson in screenwriting
Lynn Shelton has a lovely directorial touch but so much of this movie dragged because of the exceptionally weak screenplay. Each character is trapped in their own monotony. Fair enough, but she doesn't take them anywhere with it until the last ten minutes and so consequently each actor is trapped in a one-note performance. She needs to take some more risks and explore the power of narrative instead of puddling along in her own mess of hipster quirk.