The Do-Deca-Pentathlon | Chicago Reader

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

76 minutes

A suburban family man (Steve Zissis), fat and unhappy, gets pulled into a long-simmering athletic rivalry with his younger, fitter brother (Mark Kelly), much to the dismay of their mother (Julie Vorus) and the older man's wife (Jennifer Lafleur). This indie comedy by fraternal filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home) is their second in a row about competitive siblings, and one might easily infer a confessional element, given that in the past few years handsome Mark has become a red-hot movie actor. Unfortunately, the comic premise here seems less reminiscent of anyone's real life than of the Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy Step Brothers, and the filmmakers' funky camera style (preponderant close-ups, spastic zooming in and out) has begun to harden into a collection of visual tics.

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