The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

From Jay and Mark Duplass, the writer/directors of the Sundance hits The Puffy Chair, Cyrus and the upcoming Jeff Who Lives at Home comes The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, the story of two grown brothers who secretly compete in a homemade Olympics… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine

But if Cyrus succeeded as a marriage of established (that is to say, bankable) Hollywood performers and the already codified mumblecore aesthetic, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon comes off as pointless retread.

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Eric Kohn

Although it assumes a light, inoffensive tone, Do Deca is unquestionably the brothers' most personal film by virtue of its antiheroes, a pair of warring siblings seemingly inspired by the directors themselves.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon doesn't quite possess enough plot or substance to wholeheartedly warrant the full-length-feature treatment.

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Leah Rozen

The performances, especially by Zissis and Lafleur, are effectively low-key, making their characters' occasional emotional outburst all the more compelling.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Eric Melin

You've seen overgrown man child characters in plenty of Will Ferrell movies, but The Do-Deca Pentathlon is funny without playing for laughs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
A pretty good comedy elevated by a great third act.
Christopher Haskell
Embracing the nature of sibling rivalry and a desire to return to the familiar, The Duplass Brothers bring a dark comedy that lives and breathes reality with… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Stephanie: It's not just sports between the two of you. The Duplass brothers, particularly Mark Duplass, must be doing something right. This year alone,… More
'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'. Sibling rivalry taken to hilarious, extreme heights and a solid emotional core to boot.