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Touchy Feely

  R HD Closed Captioning

Lynn Shelton

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Plot Summary

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.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

36%
  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 36
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "Touchy Feely" becomes disoriented and doesn't recover its direction. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Sep 5, 2013

Fresh: Touchy Feely is minor, but these people are good company. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 5, 2013

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. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jan 22, 2013

Rotten: A work that gestures toward depths without truly plumbing them. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Sep 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Hey, okay!

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.

Most depressing movie ever

This movie should not be called a comedy by any standards. I felt like the writer director was clinically depressed and infected everyone involved with the movie from actors to dop to score maker and by the end of it this viewer too. The writing is poor quality, not because the ideas and lines are bad, but because so many basic film craft rules are broken, we are left wondering who these people are and what their connections are, and at the end of the movie we hardly know any more than at the beginning. So much time with so many good actors so uselessly wasted!

Loved it

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.

Touchy Feely
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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