Ric’s Netflix Picks: “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon”

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Do you think competing in a triathlon is difficult?

Try a Do-Deca-Pentathlon.

In 1990 teenage brothers Mark (Steve Zissis) and Jeremy (Mark Kelly) competed in a 25-event competition to determine who was the greatest brother of all time. The last event ended in controversy, their mother declared it a tie and the brothers stopped speaking. Now, many years later, Mark has moved on, but lives an unfulfilled life as a family man. On Mark’s birthday, Jeremy reappears and challenges him to a new competition. The brothers begin the second Do-Deca-Pentathlon, but this time it is about much more than who is the better brother.

Directed by brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon was completely different than I expected. Going in, I thought I was going to be watching a lighthearted comedy with a touch of emotional flair. Instead, this film is an emotional tale littered with bits of comedy. Zissis and Kelly grind against each other in perfect fashion. You can feel both fraternal tension and brotherly love through the characters’ realistic behavior.

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is an unpolished gem that does not quite rise to the level of the Duplass brothers’ previous film, Jeff, Who Lives at Home (also a Ric’s Netflix Pick). The Do-Deca-Pentathlon was filmed before Jeff, Who Lives at Home. The Duplass brothers obviously learned from shooting the former, and did a better job on the latter.

Rating:

3.8 out of 5.0

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