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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012), Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass

There is something just really funny about two nonathletic people so passionately and ferociously competing with one another to prove which one is the “best”, but what really makes this one of the better Duplass brothers’ films is the incorporation of the defined rivalry that exists between all brothers, similar to what they were able to achieve in Jeff, Who Lives At Home.  

Metacritic : 60, RottenTomatoes : 74%, IMDb : 6.0

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is a very awkward film. Awkward to a point where many instances feel so real and relatable that it’s disturbing. That feeling of staying at a relative’s place over the weekend, those weird moments where you aren’t really doing anything with the rest of your family, uncomfortable outgoings, etc. The Duplass Brothers have really managed to capture this sense of realism to a T, and it’s impressive on a layered perspective. A lot of this essence can be traced back to the actors involved. There are only 5 main characters, and yet those involved do an amazing job of acting as a family unit, as well as individual beings. There’s an understood sense of respective livings being affected by the interactions shared amongst this clan. Everything is interrelated, and when these people interact, it’s 100% natural, to a satisfying and impressive degree.

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