More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon,” the latest film from those ironically prolific chroniclers of slackerdom, Jay and Mark Duplass.
Director: Jay and Mark Duplass
Cast: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis, Jennifer Lafleur
Official Synopsis: “From Jay and Mark Duplass, the writer/directors of the Sundance hits ‘The Puffy Chair,’ ‘Cyrus’ and ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ comes ‘The Do-Deca-Pentathlon,’ the story of two grown brothers who secretly compete in a homemade Olympics during a family reunion. When their fierce and disruptive competition is uncovered, the brothers must choose between their passion for beating the hell out of each other and the greater good of the family.”
“One of the greatest films ever made on the subject of brother-catharsis.”
“This film accomplishes what has largely eluded American comedy for decades, and the Duplass brothers deserve nothing but praise for their stunning achievement.”
“An undiluted dose of the low-budget sensibility that attracted stars like Ed Helms and John C. Reilly to the Duplass Brothers.”
“Like [The Duplasses’] other movies, the low-key story, characters, and unscripted dialogue keeps the film feeling loose and natural albeit slight and somewhat disposable.”
“If the runoff of several more successful Duplass-driven or otherwise Duplass-oriented projects (including ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home,’ ‘Cyrus,’ and ‘Humpday’) had swirled into a single stream and then pooled in an Austin ditch at summer’s height, ‘Do-Deca’ might be the movie some avid scavenger fished out.”
“The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” is now available on iTunes and VOD and is playing in select theaters.