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Touchy Feely 2013

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3.5 out of 5 stars (33) IMDb 5.3/10

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 ...

Starring:
Rosemarie DeWitt, Amber Wolfe Wollam
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Lynn Shelton
Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Amber Wolfe Wollam
Supporting actors Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Ethel R. Deans, Shannon Kipp, Allison Janney, Tomo Nakayama, Khanh Doan, Ruth McRee, Ron Livingston, Alycia Delmore, Alexandra Gobeille, Daniel Malony, Hans Altwies, Sean Nelson, Amy Thone, Kate Bayley, Donald Deans
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This movie manages to tell an original story while capturing the essence of Seattle and all its quirkiness very poignantly.

A massage therapist, Abby (Dewitt) finds herself unable to touch anyone while her until now underwhelming dentist brother Paul (Pais) suddenly is being heralded as a magical healer of TMJ. Jenny as Ellen Page is wonderful as always as Paul's daughter and floundering young adult trapped at home by her fear of hurting her father's feelings. Throw in Scoot McNairy as Abby's hipster cyclist boyfriend and this is a rock solid main cast. Tomo Nakayama as Henry (and his wonderful original music) as a love interest for Jenny and all bets are off.

Lynn Shelton is well known for giving actors room to play around with the script making it their own and this shows here in a wonderful way. This movie will make you laugh and possibly weep a little, but isn't that what a good film is supposed to do? Go see it, run to the theater if you must.
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The trailer makes this film seem like it's all about a massage therapist developing a sudden repulsion to touching anyone. In reality, all the characters get equal focus. There isn't much plot. It's all about observing the emotional state of these people. I actually enjoyed the fact that it never seems to be in a hurry to get anywhere in particular. Audiences are allowed to draw their own conclusions. Yes, some of them are a little crazy...but real life crazy instead of hyped up Hollywood crazy.
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Touchy Feely is a character study about largely uninteresting characters. By the time the film ends rather abruptly, the significant path many of the characters need to go on for personal transformation seems hardly begun and so the film cheats you of a sense of closure. And at that point, you'll ask yourself why you just wasted 90 minutes with these people. All in all, the film's dialogue seems forced and the plot points become a bit cartoonish and outlandish in nature. The actors are all terrific--they get through the bland dialog as well as they can, but the words betray the soul of their characters. I love a good, small film about interesting people. They can't be found anywhere in this piece...
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This is one of those movies that kept my attention as far as what's next, but at it's completion I sit there and wonder what just happened. The acting in this movie was pretty good, I ADORE Ellen Page in most anything she does, in fact everything she does plus she's as cute as a dimple and a very believable actress in any part she has. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box, but this movie just left me, Dazed and Confused...
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The film wasn't bad. But there were some things keeping it from allowing to be a well executed film. I don't want to associate this film with being 'Mumblecore' in any way, shape, or form. I think it has its own voice and is standing alone just fine without the movement. I love the message of the film, the performances, and I love that Lynn didn't hold back her intentions. But when the credits rolled, I felt I was still missing something. Overall, what kept me watching was the interactions and where everything would eventually lead to. But nothing really sealed the deal for me.
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Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her unemotional brother Paul owns a failing dental practice. Their connections/disconnections suddenly flip: Abby develops an aversion to bodily contact and Paul seems to suddenly have healing touch.

What was good about this film was the actors' ability and the light-hand of the camera and editing. I enjoyed and had empathy for the characters' weaknesses and strengths and how they related to one another. I was enchanted by Josh Pais and Scoot McNairy specifically. They were delightful, understated. All the characters were primarily gentle and good people, but not perfect (of course) -- and all trying to find their way.

I was also glad to see Reiki depicted in a movie. It was the first time I saw it portrayed in a fictional story.

I think the film felt unresolved (not necessarily in a good way which can sometimes be the case -- but in an unfinished way) I don't like to have meanings spoon-fed to me, but a bit more insight into what had happened to these people (as understood or not understood by them) would have been welcome at the end and would have made it a five-star movie for me.

I'm going to watch it a second time with director's comments. Maybe I'll get some glimpses that way.

FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN THE FILM: Did anyone else wonder if Jenny (the Ellen Page character) might have been the one with the healing touch, not her father? Or did you wonder if the healing touch had been passed from Abby to one of them?)

It is worth a second view to me to get more a sense of what was going on, to see if the movie was just that subtle. Perhaps "Touchy Feely" presents no answers? (But then I expect more answers and resolution from fiction than from real life!)
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Then this movie goes nowhere. I guess the viewer is supposed to assume that all is solved by an MDMA trip, because it just ends afterwards without even any dialogue. Disappointing, since the cast is great.
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