Runtime: 90 minutes
Writer/Director: Nikole Beckwith
Stars: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Julio Torres
By Morgan Roberts
Matt (Ed Helms) wants to be a dad. He just doesn’t have a partner. So, in his quest for fatherhood and to build his own family, Matt decides to enlist the help of a surrogate. Enter Anna (Patti Harrison), a woman in her mid-twenties trying to realign her life. As the two embark on this journey together, they begin to form a friendship.
“Together Together” (2021) is a fun and endearing look at the love found in platonic friendships. It is quite refreshing to see a friendship between a man and a woman that is strictly platonic. There is love there, but in a caring, “you’re my friend” way. It is not a “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), “when will they get together” or “will they won’t they?” Instead, “Together Together” examines how cosmic events can bring people together.
Helms and Harrison have incredible chemistry. Despite their age difference – which is discussed multiple times – you can understand how these take a business relationship and form a friendship. Matt is a truly lovely and earnest character. It is rare to see men be nurturers and carers. Meanwhile, you really respect Anna for her maturity and viewpoints in the world. While she is still a young woman, she is never belittled for her age or life experiences.
The scene-stealer of this film is Julio Torres who plays Jules, Anna’s friend and coworker at a coffee shop. Torres is hilarious and commands every scene he is in. He had me howling with laughter throughout the film. The film sometimes struggles with its humor. Some of the jokes and dialogue do not land well. But when the jokes are on point, they will have you cackling.
“Together Together” is a sweet film that really examines platonic love within friendships. It also subverts gender expectations and gender roles as these two characters navigate this journey together.