You Hurt My Feelings Review

May 23, 2023

Although tonally quite different, You Hurt My Feeling is thematically reminiscent of Seinfeld. I’m not saying that because both have Julia Louis-Dreyfus in common, although this strengthens the sentiment. Both are essentially about nothing, or more accurately, the little problems that we let snowball into big ones. Seinfeld’s 22-minute format was well-suited for mundane issues, but can something so minor sustain a 93-minute run time? Admittedly, You Hurt My Feeling seems stretched thin at times. Thanks to Louis-Dreyfus’ absorbing performance and Nicole Holofcener’s well-crafted dialogue, though, we find ourselves caring about the characters’ first-world dilemmas.
Louis-Dreyfus gives a reliably strong performance as Beth, a writer who found modest success with her memoir. Her mother, hilariously played by the always-welcome Jeannie Berlin, never misses an opportunity to mention that the memoir still should’ve sold better. This doesn’t discourage Beth from trying to leap to fiction. However, her ego endures a major blow when she overhears her husband Don (Tobias Menzies) speaking negatively about the new book behind her back. Beth is too shattered to confront Don with the scathing review as she second-guesses her profession.
Beth isn’t the only one falling short at their job. Don is a therapist, although none of his patients seem satisfied with their sessions. One played by David Cross argues that therapists shouldn’t be compensated unless patients make genuine progress. This frustration isn’t unwarranted, as Don isn’t the best therapist. He has his moments of wisdom, but much of his advice is generic and sometimes he mixes patients up. Beth’s sister (Michaela Watkins) is similarly underwhelmed at work while her husband (Arian Moayed) struggles to make it as an actor. None of these people are horrible at their jobs, but they’re far from the best in the business. You Hurt My Feeling is largely about coping with the notion of simply being good enough at your passion. That sums up the quality of the film: good enough.
The film revolves around Beth working up the courage to tell Don what she overheard. This can feel dragged out and when the moment finally comes, it’s not the cataclysmic showdown you might think. Maybe that’s the idea, but for a confrontation with so much build-up, it deserved a more significant payoff. This is what separates You Hurt My Feeling from Seinfeld, as that show always knew how to end a story (well, except for the series finale). Even if the outcome falls short, the experience does pave the way for some insightful conversations about marriage, honesty, and the flaws of human nature.
Nicole Holofcener previously directed Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said, another film that dealt with relationships and secrets. Enough Said also had a setup tailored for a sitcom, but Holofcener approached it with grounded nuance. Holofcener was more successful with Enough Said, but You Hurt My Feeling is another worthy outing. Even if its central conflict isn’t the most momentous, it is relatable for any artist who has ever presented their work to a significant other. Finding out that they don’t like your work isn’t as bad as cheating. It’s close enough, though.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and has not been created or edited by filmibee.
Publisher: Source link

Billy Ray Cyrus Files For Divorce From Firerose

Billy Ray Cyrus Files For Divorce From Firerose It sure seems like Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose are calling it quits — and less than a year after they got married, no less. Since then, the former couple — who…

Jun 15, 2024

Kaitlyn Bristowe Reflects on Anger Amid Ex Jason Tartick's New Romance

Watching an ex enter a new relationship can sometimes be a thorny situation. Bachelor Nation's Kaitlyn Bristowe appeared to share her reaction to former fiancé Jason Tartick dating Kat Stickler... Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and…

Jun 15, 2024

Ben Affleck Leaning On Matt Damon Amid Jennifer Lopez Divorce Rumors

Ben Affleck Leaning On Matt Damon Amid Jennifer Lopez Divorce Rumors There seems to be a lot going on in Ben Affleck’s life right now, but luckily, it sounds like he’s got the full support of his BFF, Matt Damon.…

Jun 14, 2024

Khloe Kardashian Reveals Kim's Reaction to Her Boob Job Confession

Khloe Kardashian has something to get off her chest. While trying out the viral SKIMS nipple bra during the June 13 episode of The Kardashians, the reality star admitted, "If I get my boobs done,... Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a…

Jun 14, 2024