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DVD Review: Touchy Feely


The Movie:
Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) is a talented and dedicated massage therapist who lives with her dentist brother Paul (Josh Pais) and her daughter Jenny (Ellen Page), who assists Paul at his practice. For reasons unknown however, Abby all of a sudden develops an intense aversion to bodily contact, putting in jeopardy not only her ability to do her job, but also her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).

As Abby grapples with her changing world and tries to figure out the root of her insecurities, seeking help from family and friends including the holistic Bronwyn (Allison Janney), her brother and daughter go through their own changes. Jenny explores romantic love while trying to prove herself at work as Paul, a creature of caution and routine, finds his clinic start to flourish after reports spread of his so-called ‘healing touch.’

Written and directed by Lynn Shelton, who also created ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ and ‘Humpday,’ brings together another cast of likeable and quirky characters in this mumblecore drama about changing relationships and internal growth. Charming, patient, and honest, it doesn’t quite live up to ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ in terms of charm and insight, but ‘Touchy Feely’ is led by a great cast who are instantly authentic and all winning, despite their flaws.

Bonus Features:

Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, Josh Pais, and Lynn Shelton all take turns offering their thoughts on the film and their characters, and all of whom are incredibly dedicated to the story, and their earnestness shines through in their interviews.

Shelton, Pais, and Rosemarie DeWitt join in for commentary throughout the film, adding a great amount of value to what is a quiet, meditative film.

Outtakes & Deleted Scenes:
Again, the availability and openness of the cast make help make the film all the more likeable – and funny.

Should You Buy It?
This film might indeed be better on the small screen, and the added insight by Shelton and commentary is plenty enough to compel fans and deem it worthy.

Anthony Marcusa

A pop-culture consumer, Anthony seeks out what is important in entertainment and mocks what is not. Inspired by history, Anthony writes with the hope that someone, somewhere, might be affected.