You Hurt My Feelings stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies and Michaela Watkins among as capable ensemble.
Louis-Dreyfus’ Beth is having trouble following up her memoir with a novel that is not getting the feedback from editor after many drafts while her egotistical therapist husband Don (Menzies) feels unfulfilled in his profession and is considering an eye lift.
The smartly realized script which looks at how opinions can matter and influence lives based on what is or isn’t said really is set in motion from eavesdropping on Don admitting to an actor husband Mark (Arian Moayed) in what could be the true breakthrough Beth needs in her profession.
Witty moments abound in quirky fashion from the appearance of an angry, hostile couple (David Cross, Amber Tamblyn) under Don’s care that’s hardly progressed much at all given quite the financial investment. There’s also an emery mother Georgia (Jeannie Berlin) to Beth and sister Sarah is getting the business for some of her rich clients as a decorator.
The unhappiness extends to Beth and Don’s young adult aspiring playwright son Eliot (Owen Teague) who manages a weed emporium under a bit of heartbreak. And, he lets his mom know that she should have been more honest with him about his burgeoning talents which may not be panning out the way he had hoped.
The maker of Please Give and the more recent Enough Said has a convincing light touch in bringing out the piquant happenings with wry sensitivity especially from the engaging portrait of her ‘Sad’ actress Louis-Dreyfus.