It seems I can’t get into the new wave groove by enjoying “Touchy Feely.” Sure, the performances are fine. But, there’s something missing from this story of a dysfunctional adult family living in Seattle.
Rosemarie DeWitt stars as Abby, a massage therapist who suddenly can’t stand to touch the human body, placing her successful business in jeopardy. Then, there’s her brother, Paul (Josh Pais), a milquetoast dentist who depends on the company of his grown daughter, Jenny (Ellen Page). Paul quite unexpectedly develops a healing touch with his patients and soon becomes one of the most sought-after dentist/healers in all of Washington state. So, while his sister becomes more alienated from her boyfriend, Paul is learning that people really like the way he combines healing with a good x-ray and cleaning.
It’s all very silly, but writer-director Lynn Shelton is serious. Yikes. Maybe I can find a healing dentist on Angie’s List. Doc, I need some bridge work and a good foot massage. You work both ends, right?
“Touchy Feely” is light entertainment and well-acted. But, beyond that, pretty shallow. Grade: C-