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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brothers reunite in warm indie dramedy; some language.

Movie R 2012 76 minutes
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Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass have done it again, using their sharp writing, appealingly hangdog characters, and no-frills filmmaking to come up with another winner. Even better, they've cooked up some strong characters and believable family relationships and played them out in an economic 76 minutes. Despite THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON's focus on the two brothers, the wife, mother, and son characters aren't left behind.

Actors Kelly and Zissis conjure up a genuine brotherly chemistry and turn in emotionally raw -- and physically demanding -- performances. The movie deals with the potentially uncomfortable modern-day man-child syndrome, but it points to love and acceptance as a possible solution, and it does so with a generous helping of humor and levity. Indeed, the balance of comedy and drama here is just right, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon never runs out of steam, heart, or laughs.

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