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The Do-Deca Pentathlon Review

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Inevitable or not, it's fun watching two middle-aged lunkheads reverting to adolescent competitiveness, and the fun is compounded by secrecy.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It shares one annoying practice with their other early films: They like to use distracting little zooms in and out for no reason at all, except possibly to remind us the film is being shot with a camera.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Brothers reunite in warm indie dramedy; some language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is an independent dramedy from filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. The biggest issue is language, with more than a dozen uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and other words, some of which are heard in front of, or from, a pre-teen boy. Characters argue and fight; the main character throws a few angry, raging fits, and there's a big fistfight. There's no real sex, but a husband and wife are comfortable and affectionate with each other, and one character is briefly seen in a strip club (no nudity). Characters occasionally drink or smoke cigarettes. The movie is more likely to appeal to grown-ups, though fans of the Duplass brothers will certainly want to see it.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the brothers. What causes them to fight like this? Why would the fight go on for years and years? Do you think it's realistic?
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon ultimately has a positive message about communicating and bringing families back together, but are there any positive role models? If so, who, and why?
  • Have you ever competed with your brothers or sisters? Was it fun or stressful? What's the appeal of competition or sports?
  • Jeremy wonders why Mark is so unhappy when he "has everything," i.e. a wife and a son, whereas Mark is jealous of Jeremy's "freedom." Are either of them correct?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: After years of fighting and competing, brothers learn to set aside their differences and love each other. This brings the rest of the family closer as well.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Most of the characters are selfish and deceitful in many ways. They're all good people, but when they get together as a family, they regress to childish behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Two brothers have a fistfight, with pushing and wrestling. Characters also argue a great deal, and in a few scenes, the main character explodes into fits of rage and anger. There are also some somewhat tense events in the competition, such as a fierce arm-wrestling match.

  • sex false1

    Sex: The main character is married, and he's shown being affectionate and comfortable with his wife. They kiss once or twice, and she sits with him in the bathroom while he takes a bath (no graphic nudity shown). The other major character is briefly seen in a strip club talking to a stripper, but there's no nudity.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" is used more than a dozen times throughout, as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "crap," "suck," "goddamn," "d--k," "hell," and "son of a bitch," as well as "God" and "Jesus" (as exclamations). Some swearing comes from a pre-teen boy, and adults swear in front of him as well.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Slurpees are shown and mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults occasionally drink beer. The main character takes prescription medication (presumably for depression). His wife sneaks off to smoke a cigarette in one scene.