‘Together Together’ Review Review

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Together Together (CREDIT: Bleecker Street/YouTube Screenshot)

Starring: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Julio Torres, Rosalind Chao, Tig Notaro, Sufe Bradshaw, Fred Melamed, Nora Dunn, Anna Konkle, Evan Jonigkeit, Jo Firestone

Director: Nikole Beckwith

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Rating: R

Release Date: April 23, 2021

Now that I’ve seen Together Together, I’ve got to wonder, can I now call it “Together Together … Together“? Do Ed Helms and Patti Harrison have room for a third. And would that third be anybody (and everybody) in the audience to see their little film? That might sound like an awkward arrangement, but it surely fits with the vibe of a fortysomething single dad-to-be forging a tight platonic bond with his twentysomething surrogate. But anyway, what I’d really like to focus on is Anna Konkle, who shows up for one scene as a New Age-y birthing coach. Excuse me while I fan myself. Also, Nora Dunn and Fred Melamed are on duty as Ed Helms’ parents, which is significant because I’ve also seen both of them in other parental roles recently (Dunn on the new ABC sitcom Home Economics and Melamed in the sensational Shiva Baby).

Grade: Julio-Torres-as-One-Man-Greek-Chorus Energy

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/23/21

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Rutherford Falls (CREDIT: Peacock/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Mortal Kombat (2021) (Theaters and Streaming on HBO Max)
Together Together (April 23 in Theaters, May 11 On Demand) – Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, and surrogacy, oh my!

TV
Rutherford Falls Season 1 (Premiered April 22 on Peacock) – Mike Schur, Ed Helms, and a town bordering a Native American reservation walk into a sitcom.
Romeo and Juliet (April 23 on PBS) – A new production from London’s National Theater starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor
A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 2 Premiere (April 23 on HBO)
-93rd Academy Awards (April 25 on ABC) – Handin’ out those Oscars.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Premiere (April 28 on Hulu)

Music
-Eric Church, Heart & Soul – A three-part album released over the course of a week!
-Dinosaur Jr., Sweep It Into Space

SNL Recap May 14, 2011: Ed Helms/Paul Simon

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Cold Opening – The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
I am pretty sure that Obama has not been constantly bragging about the bin Laden kill, at least not to this degree nor in this manner.  And that was why this sketch was so funny: because it was not true.  Actually, it was based on a certain nugget of truth: Obama is a smooth talker, and those verbal skills could mean he has a knack for standup comedy bubbling underneath the surface.  Fred’s delivery of the “kill bin Laden” catchphrase sounded similar to Kenan’s refrain of “Beeeef Jelly” as David “Beef Jelly” Winfield.” B+

Ed Helms’ Monologue
This is something you just about never see: a monologue that is focused around an essentially original idea.  A childhood love of baton twirling is in no way a major aspect of Ed Helms’ public persona, nor is it the opposite of his persona either.  But it proved to be a funny, well-thought out, well-executed idea.  The success of this monologue resided in the details: the influence of “Rascal T. Peppercorn,” Ed’s revelation of his knack for comedy coming from his brother and his brother’s friends’ laughing while simultaneously beating him, and that outfit. B+

A Message from the Corn Syrup Producers of America
Again, this was to be too smug to be over the top, or maybe it just wasn’t funny enough to overcome that dissonance.  But I did laugh a few times. Original Grade: B-

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