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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon -- After decades of feuding, two forty-something brothers embark on a tournament of 25 assorted games to prove which is superior, and, in the process, they find a kind of joy in life that helps them save/solve their own personal problems.
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon -- A comedy centered on two brothers who revisit a competition they created when they were kids: a homemade version of the Olympics, complete with 25 different events.
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Writers (WGA):
Jay Duplass (written by) &
Mark Duplass (written by)
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31 October 2015 (Uruguay) See more »
Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mark Kelly ... Jeremy

Steve Zissis ... Mark

Jennifer Lafleur ... Stephanie
Julie Vorus ... Alice

Brendan Robinson ... Young Mark

Noël Wells ... Stripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricky Dillard ... Laser Tag employee
Elton LeBlanc ... Poker Player
Alex Lipschultz ... Poker Player
John Melvin ... Race Announcer
Brett Patron ... Poker Player
Jordan Stidham ... Young Jeremy
Reid Williams ... Hunter
Jon Dainty ... Race Spectator (uncredited)

Martyn Hale ... Young Jeremy age 16 (uncredited)
Johanna Igel ... Kate (uncredited)
Brock Patrick Kaufman ... Young Jeremy age 10 (uncredited)

Laurie Lee ... Race Spectator (uncredited)

Codie Scott ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Terry Lee Smith ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Duplass 
Mark Duplass 
Writing credits
Jay Duplass (written by) &
Mark Duplass (written by)

Produced by
Jay Duplass .... producer
Mark Duplass .... producer
Stephanie Langhoff .... producer
J.M. Logan .... associate producer
Ross Partridge .... co-producer
Josh Polon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Julian Wass 
Cinematography by
Jas Shelton 
Film Editing by
Jay Deuby 
Nat Sanders 
Costume Design by
Ross Partridge 
Marguerite Phillips 
Makeup Department
Marguerite Phillips .... makeup artist
Production Management
J.M. Logan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Partridge .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ross Partridge .... set designer
Marguerite Phillips .... set designer
Sound Department
John Chalfant .... sound supervisor & re-recording mixer
Elyse Lamonde .... foley editor
Alex Lipschultz .... sound mixer
Xander Lott .... sound effects editor
David Mann .... foley artist
David Mann .... foley editor
David Mann .... sound effects editor
Erin Oakley .... dialogue editor
Laura Smith .... sound assistant
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tod Campbell .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tom Clancey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jay Duplass .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sasha Freedman .... camera operator: "c" camera
Ryan Steven Green .... camera operator: documentary segments
Sean Hackett .... camera assistant
Ross Partridge .... still photographer
Tom Clancey .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Beckner .... digital intermediate editor (as Phil Beckner)
John Daro .... digital intermediate artist
Jon Fletcher .... associate editor
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer
Jeff Man .... editorial production assistant
Gus Comegys .... digital intermediate conform artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Marguerite Phillips .... music supervisor
Other crew
Teddy Blanks .... title designer
Stephen Ledet .... key set production assistant (as Stephen 'Darkness' Ledet)
Ginny Zissis .... caterer
Katie Aselton .... the producers wish to thank (as Katie Aselton Duplass)
Larry Blake .... the producers wish to thank
Eddie Boettner .... the producers wish to thank
Rebekah Sean Conroy .... the producers wish to thank
Warren Dern .... the producers wish to thank
Tristan Rappold Dupepe .... the producers wish to thank
Cindy Duplass .... the producers wish to thank
Jen Tracy Duplass .... the producers wish to thank
Larry Duplass .... the producers wish to thank
Lisa Fitzpatrick .... the producers wish to thank
Tave Fitzpatrick .... the producers wish to thank
Sean Hackett .... the producers wish to thank
Julie Keller .... the producers wish to thank
Boo Langhoff .... the producers wish to thank
Janice Langhoff .... the producers wish to thank
Muriel Langhoff .... the producers wish to thank
John Melvin .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Ohlson .... the producers wish to thank
Jeffrey Peterman .... the producers wish to thank
Cara Singleton .... the producers wish to thank
Elaine Stevens .... the producers wish to thank
Shelby Weiser .... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Wiles .... the producers wish to thank
Ginny Zissis .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for language
USA:76 min
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
An ode to sibling disconnect, 6 July 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Jeremy (Mark Kelly) and Mark (Steve Zissis) are two bickering brothers, who have had a contentiously violent relationship their entire lives. In an effort to see who can rightfully dub himself "the better brother," they concocted an event called "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" when they were young, and held twenty-five events to see who could win more and earn the title. During the "underwater challenge," the boys' grandfather thought they were drowning and his interference pulled the plug on the event, which was never finished.

Since then, they have been estranged, until the boys' mother, Alice (Julie Vorus), holds a party for Mark's birthday where Jeremy is invited and surprisingly shows up. Both men, now in their early thirties, have gone on to become modestly successful. Jeremy, who is still single, lives off of poker tournaments he frequently plays, and Mark is married to the lovely Stephanie (Jennifer Lafleur), with their only son (Reid Williams).

Shortly after his arrival, Jeremy pens a contract, which, when signed by both brothers, okays them to partake in a revival of "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" idea, where they start all twenty-five events over again from scratch. The stakes, if there were any, remain the same, along with the title, and it shows that these brothers haven't forgot about the "importance" of a sophomoric title or the compelling feeling they get from winning and triumphing over the other sibling. That is their way of saying "I love you." In order to keep quiet about the event, the brothers try all they possibly can to hide their events from their family, especially Stephanie, who is sick of the childish idea. Mark has been troubled quite a bit in his past, with high anxiety and psychiatric treatment, that begin to come forth when the event starts. He is not in proper shape to be doing this event. In fact, neither of them are. They are far too old for childish activities.

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon was written and directed by the Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark, who have sort of pioneered the genre of mumblecore, where amateur actors immerse themselves into humanly flawed characters, accompanied with naturalistic dialog and recognizable cinematography. They brothers continue with their theme or sibling disconnect, which was the main point of focus with their last feature, the wonderful and underrated Jeff, Who Lives at Home. This is their return to mumblecore, by definition, where as their two previous features included rather mainstream actors, yet still kept the rules of the genre in place - a featured bonus I hope they continue to do.

The only problem I can see is the same one I found with their two most recent efforts; the film's reliance on dead in the water style. The Duplass brothers love to utilize quick camera zooms during certain shots, to either put emphasis on something or just make it more apparent to the viewer. It's a distractingly unnecessary addition that leaves a lot to be desired. The brothers already have their own style. They don't need to perpetuate it even more than they already have.

The picture is concise at only seventy-six minutes, and its leads have the chemistry and the charm to carry the picture all the way through (especially Zissis, who has worked with Jay and Mark since their second feature, Baghead). The Do-Deca-Pentathlon illustrates a quirky and childish game, and the characters involved, with heart and soul, never condescending to the level of parody or ignorance that would've resulted in a cheaply made independent film. The Duplass brothers are too smart to fall in that territory.

Starring: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis, Jennifer Lafleur, Julie Vorus, and Reid Williams. Directed by: Jay and Mark Duplass.

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