Movie review: The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

From the July 12, 2012 edition

The new uber-indie comedy “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” isn’t really new. It’s just finally getting a release now that its makers are rising stars.

Since they found unlikely uber-indie success with “The Puffy Chair” — a sweet little low-budget “mumblecore” comedy — Hollywood has come calling for brothers Mark and Jay Duplass.

They’ve since worked with comedy stars like John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill (“Cyrus”) and Jason Segel and Ed Helms (“Jeff, Who Lives at Home”).

Shot in 2008, “Do-Deca” shares the brothers’ signature low-key style, but it doesn’t catch the magic of “Puffy Chair” and doesn’t have the talents of their Hollywood fare.

Middle-aged brothers Jeremy (Mark Kelly) and Mark (Steve Zissis) take their sibling rivalry seriously. Decades later, they are trying to establish ultimate brother supremacy through a 25-event competition they dreamed up when they were kids.

Of course, their reviving the rivalry of their youth doesn’t go over so well with other family members who expect them to be, y’know, grown-ups.

This concept would have made for a nice “SNL” sketch. But with the Duplasses (Dupli?) and their tendency to go thin on plot anyhow, there’s just not enough comedic meat here.

It’s loose and meandering even for them. It’s too bad, too, because there’s certainly some heart under there.