Lynn Shelton has come a long way since Humpday. Her 2009 comedy was fresh and lovable and earned a dramatic special jury award when it premiered at Sundance. Last year, Your Sister’s Sister screened in Park City and made less of a splash. Shelton’s new movie, Touchy Feely, marks a low point, barely registering a ripple. Rosemarie DeWitt plays Abby, a massage therapist with world-class healing hands. The clients adore her, she’s falling deeper in love with her boyfriend, and life is generally good. By contrast, her brother Paul (Josh Pais) is an uptight dentist who barely ekes out a living. Paul lives with his daughter Jenny, a lonely parcel of malaise with cartoonish eyes played by Ellen Page. It’s hard to tell whether Paul’s joyless existence rubs off on Jenny or hers on him or if they bring equal amounts of misery to the equation. The point is, they’re going nowhere while Abby is happily marching along. At least, she thought she was, until one day she fixates on her skin and freaks out. The notion of skin suddenly becomes so abhorrent to Abby that she finds her job is in fact way out of her comfort zone. At… Read full this story
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