Together together is a lovable romantic comedy, just devoid of romance. About a single man (Ed Helms) who forges a platonic friendship with the surrogate mother (Patti Harrison) who carries his unborn child, the light-hearted film explores how two unlikely people can bond over a common purpose.
Unfortunately clouded by an abrupt end, Together together is otherwise a somewhat funny, or at least amusing, little film that deals with sensitive topics but relies largely on the fantastic, if uncomfortable, chemistry between Helms and Harrison. Helms gives one of his best and most restrained performances, while Harrison is great in arguably the more complex and challenging of the two roles.
It’s a cute picture that seems to be preoccupied with, but contentedly playing with the question, “Will they / won’t they end up together?” With other issues that arise from their unique situation. Aside from the premise, there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the film, but that’s okay; it is content to be exactly what it is.
Unfortunately, writer / director Nikole Beckwith chooses a surprisingly unfulfilled conclusion. After you’ve spent the entire movie wondering if these two aren’t necessarily going to end together together or simply together beyond their “business transaction,” Beckwith decides not to commit to an answer. She does an excellent job of establishing her two characters and their relationship, and getting audiences to lean into and invest in their futures, and then not even suggest what the characters call betrayal, or at least outright disappointment, the point of the film.
The trip is fun enough, if not a little meaty, but the never-ending ending really spoils the overall experience. Together together is worth a visit, but anything but a must.
This film was reviewed at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.