Touchy Feely Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Touchy Feely

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, drug references and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Skin deep.

  • Starring:

    Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Shannon Kipp, Tomo Nakayama

  • Directed by:

    Lynn Shelton

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Yelling, arguing. Object knocked over. Blood/gore: Frequent dental procedures (examination, cleaning). Blood on gum, cotton swab.


    A couple have bathroom sex. Sexual past discussed. Kissing. Shirtless man. Exposed backs (massage patients), woman in bath (no genitals seen). Cleavage.


    A practitioner prescribes ecstasy (MDMA) tablets. Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking.


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Joke about drug addiction. Gender, teen, family, career stereotypes.


    Alternative therapies, traditional medicine, massage, Reiki, dentistry, family, ex-lovers, small business, self-awareness, meditation, anxiety, cycling, finding yourself, relationships, doubt, rejection, moving in together, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), healing, identity.


    Relationship breakup. Deceased wife/mother, deceased grandmother, deceased husband, divorce mentioned. Toilet, vomiting. A man collapses, hyperventilates. Extreme close-ups of skin (veins, pores, hairs). Nightclub scene has very mild strobe lighting. Brief vision under end credits.


    Warm, moody, mysterious, gentle, small, comforting. Highly likeable characters, sustained mood, quiet soundtrack, talented cast, strong female representation, good character development, plenty to admire and enjoy.


    Listless, frustrating, inaccessible, disappointing, uneven, dull, whimsical, vanilla, muddled, maudlin, inarticulate. Hasty, unsatisfactory conclusion. Contrived concept, lacks humour, some unconvincing character-interaction, unexplored potential, stakes are too low, some unclear motivations, lacks visual flair, fails to follow through on character/narrative developments, Allison Janney is underused.

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