The Do-Deca Pentathlon
The Duplass brothers have always been known for their indie roots. However, over the last few years they have garnered mainstream success as two of their films have been distributed by major studios and backed by more elaborate budgets. The Do-Deca Pentathlon was a film that they shot back before Cyrus, yet they didn’t have the time to edit the footage until now.
The film tells the story of two brothers who, after many years of the silent treatment, rekindle an old competition from their youth that pits them against one another in twenty-five different events. Whoever wins the most events wins the challenge. It is really quite simple. And for the sake of the film, it is actually a little too simple.
While the premise fields promise, the actual execution proves to be quite bland as the film is horrifically boring. It is definitely not the Duplass brothers’ finest work by a long shot. It is easy to notice some of their trademark humor, but the final product doesn’t come together well.
The film’s biggest fault was not focusing on the games. Instead, the sibling writers/directors opted to focus more on the relationship between the two in-film brothers. A quick montage doesn’t do the segment justice as countless opportunities for comedy and drama are passed up without a second thought. Throw that in with an unneeded amount of expletives, and The Do-Deca Pentathlon was an unfortunate misfire by two of Hollywood’s more consistent creators.