Together Together: Sundance London Film Review

Together Together

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Tiffany Roohani.

*MINOR SPOILERS*

I saw tons of positive comments about Together Together after it screened at the main Sundance festival and I’m pleased to report that I echo those sentiments.

This comedy, written and directed by Nikole Beckwith, tells the story of Matt (Ed Helms), who is ready to become a father but isn’t in a relationship so he turns to surrogacy, which is where Anna (Patti Harrison) comes in. The film follows the ups and downs of their relationship over the course of the pregnancy.

This film is just lovely. It’s sweet, funny and heartfelt and I just adored watching Matt and Anna – who are both loners – become close friends and give each other a much-needed support system. The script was smart, I laughed out loud often and there were chunky dialogue scenes that were very enjoyable to observe.

The only letdown was the ending. I would have loved another 10 minutes to see what their friendship looked like after the baby was born. I felt deflated when it ended because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Matt and Anna yet and I hate when films stop before I think they will.

Helms has played this type of character before but he does the overbearing, caring too much routine very well and he struck up a great rapport with Harrison. I was convinced that Matt and Anna cared about each other very much. I’d never seen Harrison before but I am now a big fan. She was the emotional heart of the story and I just loved how she delivered her lines. I also enjoyed Tig Notaro as their couple’s therapist, Sufe Bradshaw as their opinionated ultrasound technician and Julio Torres as Anna’s gay and outspoken co-worker Jules.

Together Together is a feel-good and just goddamn lovely film, just a shame it wasn’t a little bit longer.

Showing at Sundance London Film Festival on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August. Currently without general release date

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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