Touchy Feely (Empire Review)

TouchyFeelySquarePLOT A massage therapist (DeWitt) finds herself unable to touch her clients, just as her uptight dentist brother (Pais) discovers a healing touch.

“A massage therapist loses her ability to touch people” isn’t much of a story hook, but it serves as a useful metaphor for the absence of insight and emotion in this misfire from writer-director Lynn Shelton, which even the most ardent fans of her mumblecore milestones, Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, will find taxing. At its most indulgent, it feels like a sketch show parody of an indie movie, and despite a cast rounded out with the likes of Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy and Ron Livingston, it all adds up to far less than the sum of its parts.

VERDICT It’s likely your day will have been more interesting and eventful than this misfire from mumblecore maven Lynn Shelton. ★★

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