The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

2012, Comedy, 1h 16m

41 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Slight but satisfying, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon wrings fresh laughs from tired man-child comedy tropes. Read critic reviews

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Two long-estranged siblings (Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis) resurrect their self-made, 25-event athletic contest that ended in a tie and permanently fractured their relationship when they were teens.

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Lafleur
Stephanie
Jordan Stidham
Young Jeremy
Elton LeBlanc
Poker Player
Jay Duplass
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Mark Duplass
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Jas Shelton
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Jay Deuby
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Nat Sanders
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Julian Wass
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Marguerite Phillips
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (10)

  • 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.

    November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film is just 76 minutes long, but I left the theater feeling nourished and satisfied.

    July 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The performances, especially by Zissis and Lafleur, are effectively low-key, making their characters' occasional emotional outburst all the more compelling.

    July 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • You get the sense that the Duplass brothers know in their hearts that their characters are hopelessly immature. But you also get the sense that the filmmakers understand their characters in a way that probably makes even them uncomfortable.

    July 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film is just 76 minutes long, but I left the theater feeling nourished and satisfied.

    July 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • There isn't a moment of wasted time, and for a film that will make you want to revisit your own childhood, that seems very appropriate.

    March 22, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A movie by Mark and Jay Duplass is itself like second nature to moviegoers and with The Do-Deca Pentathlon, they will have you sprinting to the nearest theater.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

  • Sep 12, 2013
    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 every passing event. Steve Zissis and Mark Kelly play brothers Mark and Jeremy who haven't communicated most of their lives but meet up one weekend when Mark and his wife and son visit their mother for his birthday weekend. With Mark stressed out and on medication, everyone sees Jeremy's presence as a bad thing. However, when he pitches the self-titled, made-up Do-Deca Pentathlon to Mark, which they did as kids with no clear winner, Mark is determined to beat his brother, at any cost necessary, including lying to his family, missing his birthday party, and causing multiple scenes. As much as the stakes are a little melodramatic at times, the comedy is there. With believable performances from Zissis and Kelly, the film stays on track for most of its run. Unclear as to the actual motives of the wife, Stephanie (Jennifer Lafleur) and her instant hatred for the competition, her part in the film feels derivative, a hindrance for the sake of hindrance. "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" screams the styling of the Duplass Brothers, and continues their recent run with available, dark comedies. Still surprising that Jay and Mark did not star in the film, you have to wonder how much of this is autobiographical between the two.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2012
    A pretty good comedy elevated by a great third act.
    Liam G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2012
    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, Mark has been in four movies and still has The League on FX coming back in the fall. He and his brother Jay have also been doing quite well. Earlier in the year, their film Jeff, Who Lives at Home came out in theaters and now they have The Do-Deca-Pentathlon hitting theaters and VOD. 'Do-Deca' was actually made a few years ago, but between 'Jeff' and 2010's Cyrus it would seem that the Duplass' have been given the chance to put out their much smaller and more personal movie. 'Do-Deca' is a minimalist sort of feature that doubles as a high stakes sports film and an exploration of sibling rivalry. It is certainly small scale, but also well done. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com
    Aaron N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'. Sibling rivalry taken to hilarious, extreme heights and a solid emotional core to boot.
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