2013 | 89 minutes | Rated R
Lynn Shelton is the Seattle-based filmmaker who, along with directing a few episodes of Mad Men and New Girl, wrote and directed 2009's thoroughly charming Humpday, about two straight male friends who try to make a sex tape to enter into the HUMP! film festival. Humpday begins with a silly idea—two straight dudes try to do it! In the butt!—but unpacking that premise leads to moments that are revealing, awkward, and hilarious. Shelton's next film, 2011's Your Sister's Sister, was a perceptive character study—until a left-field plot device stirred the pot and disrupted the credibility of the whole endeavor. Touchy Feely runs into the same sort of trouble that Your Sister's Sister did: The characters are great, and their interactions feel authentic and well observed, but certain plot elements—a dentist with magic powers that heal TMJ?—are just so weird that it's hard to reconcile them with the natural, unfussy filmmaking that is Shelton's strength.
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