YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – Review by T.J. Callahan
You Hurt My Feelings: I hate people.
Apparently Enough wasn’t Said between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nicole Holofcener. The award winning actress and equally decorated writer and director have teamed up again for another slice of life dramady, You Hurt My Feelings.
Louis-Dreyfus is Beth, a popular author with a new novel almost ready for release. She’s married to Don, played by The Crown and Outlander’s Tobias Menzies. He’s a therapist who finds his decades-long marriage with Beth on the brink after she overhears him make a derogatory remark about her writing. What seemed like a secure, loving relationship surprisingly could be in peril because of words taken out of context.
Nicole Holofcener knows how to put real life on the big screen…intelligently. And she’s funny without dumbing down her characters. Every scene , every interaction is something any one of us could have said and/or done at one time or another.
As for Louis-Dreyfus, she’s the Queen of Snark. We’ve loved her everywoman performances since Elaine on Seinfeld and her vulnerable, but confident strength in Veep. She’s our sister, our PTA mom neighbor, and the friend we sit by when we don’t have anything nice to say about anybody.
You Hurt My Feelings starts off slow, but grows witty and wise as the hour and a half progresses. A superb supporting cast including Michaela Watkins, Jeannie Berlin, Zach Cherry, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross make us laugh out loud. The scenes with real life husband and wife, Cross and Tamblyn, as a married couple in therapy are the highlight of the film.
Enough Said fans, You Hurt My Feelings was worth the wait. Love really doesn’t mean never having to say your sorry, but you DO need to share your feelings. While I give this film a 7, my husband Ricky would have been asleep within 30 minutes…and not apologizing for it. That might have hurt my feelings though.