Together Together Movie Review
Together Together is an endearing romantic comedy, only without romance. About a single man (Ed Helms) who forms a platonic friendship with the surrogate (Patti Harrison) carrying his unborn child, the lighthearted movie explores how two unlikely people can bond over a common purpose.
Unfortunately marred by an abrupt ending, Together Together is otherwise a somewhat funny or at least amusing little movie that tangles with delicate issues but largely relies on the fantastic if awkward chemistry between Helms and Harrison. Helms gives one of his best and most restrained performances, whereas Harrison is terrific in what is arguably the more complex and challenging of the two roles.
It’s a sweet picture that dabbles with the “will they/won’t they end up together” question but seems content toying with other issues introduced by the unique situation the two find themselves in. Premise aside, there isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking about the movie, but that’s okay; it is content being exactly what it is.
Sadly, writer/director Nikole Beckwith opts for a surprisingly unfulfilling conclusion. After spending the entire movie questioning whether these two will not necessarily end up together together or simply together beyond their “business transaction,” Beckwith chooses not to commit to an answer. She does a terrific job of establishing her two characters and their relationship, and getting the audience to lean in and become invested in their futures, and then to not even hint at what the characters decide is a betrayal, or at least utter letdown, of the point of the movie.
The journey is entertaining enough, if not a bit slight on meaty substance, but the non-ending ending really detracts from the overall experience. Together Together is worth checking out, but it’s far from a must see.
This movie was reviewed as part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.