YOU HURT MY FEELINGS
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies, Michaela Watkins, Arian Moayed, and Owen Teague
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Similarly to Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up from earlier this year, Nicole Holofcener’s You Hurt My Feelings operates on a more low-key playing field than a lot of other indies, even from A24. There are no huge revelations, plot twists, or abundance of dramatic tension, but that doesn’t keep the film from being any less compelling. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is excellent in the lead, working off a well-written script that has more depth than it lets on at first, and Tobias Menzies’ understated turn seeps into your soul. It’s hardly a mind-blowing watch, but it’s a nice time.
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener set out to deliver a sweet and light-hearted dramedy, and she succeeds with You Hurt My Feelings. While the film leans toward the more boring side of the tracks, I’m fairly certain an older audience, especially married couples, will enjoy this one. The film is filled with solid performances, and the comedic timing of the entire cast is executed fairly well overall. The message that it’s sometimes okay to tell white lies to those we love also will resonate with many.
You Hurt My Feelings is the kind of slice-of-life dramedy that writer/director Nicole Holofcener knows how to do. It’s very low stakes…and maybe a little too lowkey…but Julia Louis-Dreyfus commands the screen with funny moments that don’t undermine the more effective serious notes dealing with the turbulence of fragile egos. Is this gonna change anyone’s life? No. But it’s an easy watch that could get to your core and make you laugh along the way.