YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – Review by T.J. Callahan

The award winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus andequally decorated writer and director Nicole Holofcener have teamed up again for another slice of life dramady, You Hurt My Feelings. 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. You Hurt My Feelings starts off slow, but grows witty and wise as the hour and a half progresses.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 26, 2023: YOU HURT MY FEELINGS

Writer/director Nicole Holofcener does what she does best in You Hurt My Feelings: Get inside the heads of insecure characters who are at a crossroads in their lives, figuring out how to navigate the thornier aspects of life and love. There’s a lot of big interpersonal drama, but there’s plenty of humor mixed in, too. (How could there not be, with gifted comediennes like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Micaela Watkins playing smart, sophisticated sisters?). Kudos to Holofcener for portraying a marriage that has its bumpy bits but is fundamentally built on genuine affection and frank communication. We may not all talk as expressively as Holofcener’s characters, but we can all take a page from their book and grow through honesty.

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YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – Review by Sherin Nicole

A good piece of storytelling relates to us in multiple ways. You Hurt My Feelings, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, found its way to me. At first, the nostalgia of movies like You Hurt My Feelings drew me in. Soft giggly indies that revolve around people who are comfortable enough to sweat the small stuff. Funny stories of neuroses and self-examination within the microcosms of families or intimate friend groups. This movie—about an author (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), her therapist husband (Tobias Menzies), their cannabis-selling son (Owen Teague), the author’s interior designer sister (Michaela Watkins), and her actor husband (Arian Moayed)—brought me back to the movies I watched while I was growing up; where the stakes were low but the relationships meant everything (and you could laugh at trouble).

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YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – Review by Loren King

Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has been turning out her own distinct brand of cringe comedy — smart and slyly subversive — long before it became standard streaming fare. From her early films Walking and Talking (1996) and Lovely & Amazing (2001) to her insightful and poignant Please Give (2010) and Enough Said (2013), Holofcener’s films are wry and witty looks at insecure, often narcissistic urbanities. The film is concerned with the very human question of why people do what they do. That it comes wrapped in such genuinely funny, gentle and honest observations is why Nicole Holofcener needs to keep making movies.

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ONWARD – Review by Susan Granger

Seeking to revive enchantment, this new, animated Disney fantasy is set in suburban New Mushroomton, populated by mythical creatures: scavenging unicorns, punky motorcycle-riding pixies and pointy-eared elves – like angst-riddled Ian Lightfoot, who yearns for a connection with his father who died of cancer before he was born.

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DOWNHILL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

During this year’s Academy Awards, the presenter pairing of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus provided a hilarious highlight, with the beloved performers using their wit and timing to transform dubious content into comedy gold. Knowing just how funny they can be together makes their largely laugh-free pairing in the dark comedy Downhill even more of a drag.

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DOWNHILL – Review by Diane Carson

Too often Hollywood convinces itself that an impressive foreign film should be remade, the potential financial gain so irresistible. Unfortunately, the remakes usually pale by comparison for many reasons: social context differences or the U.S. version fails to capture the vivid essence of the original. Sadly, that is the blunder writ large for Downhill, a disastrous reboot of Force Majeure.

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