Do-deca-pentathlon, The [Blu-ray]
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I loved this independent film: it was not unnecessarily complicated (a breath of fresh air), the characters and the situations were wholly relatable, and for the most part, everybody was nice to each other, even when they didn't want to be. At just over an hour long, the story never lagged. I am very happy I took a chance on this quirky film I'd never heard of...and so will you, I'd wager.
Here's the scoop. Jeremy makes his living playing poker. His brother, Mark, consults on, and markets, pet food. The two held a 25 event do-deca pentathlon when they were kids. It ended in a tie due to grandpa's intervening in the final event. Mark has never gotten over this and the two have had near zero contact ever since. Mark flies, with his wife and son, to his mum's house for his birthday. Jeremy shows up and the pot starts to boil once more.
This seemed to get rather lukewarm reviews from most but I liked it a lot. Like their later "Jeff Who Lives at Home", the Duplass brothers bring you into a world with normal people who are trying to work through something. It isn't big to the world but it's big to them and they are able to draw the viewer to the character's world and have it mean something to them as well. Maybe because the set-up is a bit silly (a childhood rivalry blown up beyond all possible belief) there is a humorous undertone happening, but this is a drama, just not one that is of 'life or death' proportions. I thought the small cast was spot on. The brothers were cast well and Jennifer Lefleur, as Marks' wife was so real it was scary. The setting, a middle of the road house, added to the regular-ness of the whole thing. There was a lot of natural lighting and hand-held camera that furthered the whole thing even more. The music score underlined the above mentioned humor but settled down when necessary.
This is not a big movie. It's a true independent endeavor but for me, that was what made it a real gem to watch.
The entire cast is absolutely wonderful!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've ever had a brother you need to see this film. Funny, sad and triumphant.Published 8 months ago by Philip
Horrible, horrible movie. Total waste of time and money. Whatched for about 20 minutes, could not take it any more.Published on December 19, 2012 by mayra adkins
Not enough humorous moments. Typical try-to-hard to be funny but falls flat. But that's just me. A 15 year old may get more out of it.Published on December 19, 2012 by HongryHawg
Not a very good movie. Low production values. No real character development. Very predictable once the basic plot is set. Just not that good.Published on December 19, 2012 by Timothy A
Could have been better. Movie just boring and characters were awful I would not watch this again.Sorry to those who enjoyed.Published on December 2, 2012 by Andres
I did not like this movie. It just wasn't funny enough and boring at times. Maybe I didn't get the humor.Published on November 21, 2012 by suzanna
ugh...total waste of money. I can't believe I really wasted $4 on a movie I watched for 30 minutes and then turned it off.Published on October 22, 2012 by wegneraa
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