Lately I seem to have a mild obsession with the Duplass brothers. As in Jay Duplass a producer/writer/director and Mark Duplass a actor/writer. It’s not intentional, not at all actually. None the less every time I que up my Redcrack TV or HBOGO and choose a movie it ends up being a Duplass production. Either a movie starring Mark Duplass or one written and produced by a Duplass brother or both. It’s weird. Also I feel I’ve developed another little crush. Mr. Mark Duplass is my go to nerd crush these days. Last night was the last straw on the camel’s back. It was a typical night. I’d gotten all of my adulating responsibilities done, my kids were in bed and so it was mommy time. I did the usual Iphone dance, I checked Facebook and yup Facebook still sucks, I checked Pinterest and yup it made me feel thoroughly inadequate, I checked my email and nope nothing new or pressing, so it was on to Netflix. A quick look into a few movies and I saw Adult Beginners which stars Rose Byne and Nick Kroll. My interest was piqued since I have a pretty heavy girl crush on Rose and since I knew that Nick Kroll once dates Amy Poehler. That kind of gossip always intrigues me into giving a film a chance. Shallow thoughts like how did Amy Poehler go from hotty pants Will Arnett to Nick Kroll? And then I thought well maybe he’s cute in that I’m funny and charming sort of way? And then I had to watch the movie to see for myself. This is how my petty brain works to pick a film sometimes.
So I began watching it and what do you know? In the first 5 damn minutes of the movie I read that it is a Duplass Brothers Production! Of course it is. I cannot hide from these fuckers it seems. So that is how this little post was born. I needed to ask other Lemons if they too find their TV’s invaded by the Duplass. On another note do any of you read the opening credits? You should because you inadvertently learn so much movie trivia by reading the credits. Useless knowledge mostly, unless you end up in a movie trivia game and then bam! You will be the one to destroy them all. Which is always my goal.
Now to the point. All the Duplass productions I’ve watched in the last few weeks are below. With of course a short and sweet review. Also they all seem to have a very common theme. Being an adult can really suck and relationships are insanely hard sometimes. Let’s begin!
This one is produced by the Duplass Brothers Production Company. I’ll be honest here and say this was not my favorite Duplass movie. I was not attached in any way to the main character played by Nick Kroll. I did enjoy watching Rose Byrne try and save the movie with her amazing comic delivery. Also the supporting character Danny played by Bobby Cannavale was truly one of the films highlights. Casting wise this movie was great but the story itself was just meh… I can’t in good conscious suggest it. Let’s move on to the shit I did like!
The One I Love
Also produced by both Duplass brother and staring Mark. The first ever Duplass encounter I had was when I watched The One I love. This is a strange little romantic comedy / indie film / sci-fi. I LOVED it! And I cannot recommend it more. But I must admit that you have to be into this type of movie to appreciate it. It’s Indie in that it’s a small budget with a small cast but unlike some Indies it does not have an artsy pretentious full of my own bullshit feel to it. The story line is typical for its genre, which is the 30 something young couple who are just floating in life and in their relationship ect… So at the start of the movie you think “Ugh I’ve seen this movie before. Stop reminding me that adult life blows! We all know this!” But the movie quickly takes a dramatic turn and that’s where the strange sci-fi element takes place. I can’t say more because it’s one of those easily spoiled movies and you’re better off not knowing much before going in. Watch this movie with your favorite red wine, some snacks, and a blanket. Perfect staying home on a Friday night flick. Also prepare to start feeling the vapors for Mr. Mark Duplass as he brings on the charm and cute to this flick BIG time.
Again, produced by the brothers, written by them and stars Mark. About a year back I saw the trailer for the HBO series Togetherness. Again I was intrigued by the fact that Amanda Pete was cast. She’s one of my faves in the actress world. But life got in the way and others shows / movies took up my time and I quickly forgot about the show all together. Then one Sunday afternoon while folding laundry I decided to give the show a whirl. It is awesome. It’s funny with both heartwarming and heart breaking moments. It’s about four adult family members who are in their late 30’s and really trying to keep their lives together. Every 20 year old and new comer to the thirties hopes that by the time you’re knocking on 40’s door you’ll have your shit together. Sorry to disappoint but this show reveals how that is not always the case. Sadly, this show was only given 2 seasons on HBO. In fact, a few weeks ago they released the show’s series finale. It’s a bummer because well written shows about real life are few and far between. It seems all the good show out there are all fantasy driven. Zombies, vampires, Russian spies, gladiator fixers are given multiple seasons and chances to keep their audiences even when the show hit it’s peak in season two and now seems to be rehashing the same old same old. I’m look at you Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries. Grow some balls and actually KILL a main character people care about why don’t you?! Anyway, it was a real bummer that this fantastic piece of real life inspired fiction was not given that same chance. But the two seasons Togetherness did get were great and you’ll not be disappointed should you decide to watch. Plus, the soundtrack on the show was fab, another plus.
And now it seems the Duplass brothers will be back with an adult cartoon also on HBO called Animals. They lend their voices to some of the characters and of course produce and write for the show. I have yet to watch it but the trailer alone had me in stitches. I’m sure it will only add fuel to my obsession with all things Duplass.