Abby is a massage therapist who suddenly has an aversion to touching people. Ironically, at the same time, her brother who is a failing dentist, seems to have acquired a healing touch. As the story unfolds, details from their past as well as information about their psyche is revealed. These factors directly influence what they are currently experiencing. Intertwined with these career changes are life factors that create people we care about. Abby and her boyfriend try to figure out where their relationship is going and Abby's brother and niece try to find out if their lives can grow or will they stay stagnant. The interactions among family members are touching. The natural and comedic effects of Henry, a high school friend, and the Reiki Master, Bronwyn, just add another wonderful level to this well-balanced film.
You want nothing more than for Paul to be happy. Ellen Page plays Paul's teenage daughter struggling with helping her father reach his potential while trying not to ignore her own future. Her miscommunications and good heart paired with typical teenage girl reactions (again, I can judge this as I have one of those too), make this odd family quite typical and believable. Allison Janney is one of my all-time favorite actresses as she has such talent and range. This was a different type of role for
Janney as she explained in the panel discussion at Sundance. She appeared to be quite comfortable and competent in this calm and reassuring role as Reiki Master.