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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

Two brothers resurrect a two-person, 25-event "Olympics" (whose sports include pool and ping-pong) from their childhood for a family reunion. The silly competition may have been cute when they were kids, but now it's driving people away.
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Netflix Rating: 3.1
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 75%
Critics' score: 75   Audience score: 62   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

So much of this oddly named but perfectly played dramedy feels real, from the revisits to VHS tapes in parents' basements to the way a family member's glance can trigger fight-or-flight responses. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

There's a joke here, obviously, in the spectacle of two out-of-shape adults making fools of themselves at sporting events. Unfortunately it's the only joke, and it eventually wears thin. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A decent idea for an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" falls short as a movie. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Do-Deca" can't always overcome the sensation that this is as much a no-budget as it is a no-holds-barred affair. But the sardonic slights and crafty insights are steadily there. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Do-Deca-Pentathlon showcases the deft way with interpersonal relationships that's making the Duplasses two of our premier chroniclers of just why it is that we can never seem to get along. full review

Although very funny, this film taps into a primal male competitiveness whose force outweighs reason and common sense. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Even as small movies go, it's tiny, with a budget to match. But it's got a big heart. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Do-Deca is a stripped-down examination of male relationships and identity crisis. It's as if someone picked up a bromance and shook the dumb bits out. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

You begin the film thinking you have a pretty good idea where it's going, and you find out not even Jeremy and Mark really know. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

These movie guys specialize in snapping vignettes of human inconsistency - no fancy lighting required. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

The cast begins in that mumblecore mode of quietly overreacting to everything, but once the testosterone starts oozing, the characters jump out into four substantial dimensions. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

A pre-Cyrus film by the Duplass Brothers bolsters their rep as distinctive low-budget auteurs. full review

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

A delightfully scrappy backburner passion project from Jay and Mark Duplass. full review

Peter Debruge, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 76 min
  • Available From: Dec 27, 2012
  • Queued by: 502 people
Directed By
Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast
Steve Zissis, Mark Kelly, Jennifer Lafleur, Julie Vorus, Reid Williams, Brendan Robinson
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