Touchy Feely review

Shelton sticks to the script

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One of the dangers of going for intimate is ending up inward-looking. Such is the problem facing writer/director Lynn ( Humpday ) Shelton’s modest dramedy.

Siblings Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais suffer strange, thematically related quirks: he’s an uptight dentist who develops healing hands, she’s a new-age masseuse who can’t bear to touch people.

Despite charming support from Ellen Page and Scoot McNairy, and a few chuckles, the characters’ bourgeois concerns fails to trip the give-a-shit switch, and the most memorable moment is Andrew Bird’s ‘Skin Is, My’ over the credits.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.