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Do-Deca-Pentathlon, The (Blu-ray Review)

4 Oct, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Box Office $0.01 million
$22.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for language.
Stars Steve Zissis, Mark Kelly.

A little sibling rivalry can be good in bringing out a person’s competitive spirit. But a juvenile contest between brothers Jeremy and Mark Benton rises to a whole other level in The Do-Deca-Pentathlon.

When the brothers were in high school they created a 25-event challenge to determine once and for all who the better brother was. Their first “Do-Deca-Pentathlon” ended in a draw after an interference during the final event, an underwater breath-holding contest.

Being crowned “Champion of All Time” apparently still is important to Jeremy (Mark Kelly) and Mark (Steve Zissis), now middle aged, who decide to give the Do-Deca a second go-round during Mark’s birthday weekend. The guys’ mother (Julie Vorus) and Mark’s wife (Jennifer Lafleur) think the two are nuts for holding on to a silly competition. You’ll agree.

The absurdity of it all is amusing, as the brothers take way too seriously this backyard Olympics of sorts. Whereas Jeremy was the more aggressive brother, this time around, the competition brings out the worst in Mark, who becomes ultra invested in the Do-Deca.

Relationships are tested as a result of the event, but the Benton brothers make it out alive. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is remarkably funny, as Kelly and Zissis run amok while compellingly portraying two immature, crazed brothers looking for validation in the most trivial of ways.

A short featurette has an interview with the real brothers who created the Do-Deca-Pentathlon back in 1990, Mark and Anton Solak. Much like the film, their original contest was cut short, so they hold a nail-biting “Do-Deca Redux” that’s as engaging as the sibling rivalry chronicled the film.

The “Rock, Paper, Scissors” featurette also is enjoyable, as the duo try to outwit each other with the simple yet calculated game.

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