REVIEW: ‘Together Together’ triumphs with sweet, funny relationship

An odd couple is usually reliable to make a comedy movie work, and that’s certainly the case with “Together Together.”

The two main characters, Anna (Patti Harrison) and Matt (Ed Helms) aren’t a romantic couple, but instead have another element bringing them together. Matt, who’s in his 40s, is looking to become a father and Anna, in her late 20s, was selected as the surrogate mother.

The movie takes place over the course of the pregnancy, following how Anna wants to keep more of a distance, while Matt is dedicated to helping her with the pregnancy for the betterment of his child and Anna herself.

“Together Together” is a charming film that cleverly explores platonic relationships, the emotions that come with pregnancy and boundaries. The elements of a romcom are here, but writer and director Nikole Beckwith remains dedicated throughout to taking those genre pieces and going on a different route.

The result is a really sweet story about a different kind of relationship. The bond that’s developed between the two leads is quite genuine and their friendship powers the film.

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Watching the two go back and forth about topics, such as what to call the baby until it’s born, or seeing how each of them react to an update related to the pregnancy, gives the movie a lot of its personality.

What makes a lot of this work is Harrison, who has some great deadpan, low-key reactions in the film. Additionally, Harrison’s character has many more of the film’s bittersweet moments, and she pulls them off well.

Helms meanwhile is solid in the role. While his character was written to be a bit too anal-retentive at times, at the end of the day Matt is just a sweet, caring guy and Helms brings that to the forefront.

The movie has strength in its supporting cast, too. Comedian Tig Notaro is bright spot as Anna and Matt’s counselor, while Julio Torres has fun playing Anna’s coworker at a coffee shop

There were a few story points which felt like they needed more resolution when the film reaches its conclusion and the passage of time could maybe have been handled a bit better, but overall this is a really strong comedy. 4 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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