Mark Kelly

Sports are an important part of childhood. They teach kids to work hard, they foster a spirit of healthy competition, they promote teamwork, and they give millions of people all over the world a dream to shoot for. At least, that’s the theory. They did nothing of the sort for brothers Jeremy (Mark Kelly) and Mark (Steve Zissis). These guys are out of shape, egotistical, they view competition only as an opportunity to put each other down, and there’s no chance athletics are taking either of them anywhere beyond their own back yards. They’re neurotic idiots, and the center of their neuroses are a series of games they’ve been playing against each other since they were kids called the Do-Deca-Pentathlon. This new film from writer/director brother duo Mark and Jay Duplass asks us to take pleasure in watching them behave badly. By now most people have an idea of who Mark and Jay Duplass are. They started off making very small movies that they acted in themselves and with their friends. They then went on to make more mainstream movies like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home, but without compromising their indie aesthetic or their penchant for getting loosely scripted, improvisation heavy performances out of their actors.

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