There is nothing like a little “Togetherness” as HBO Entertainment brings the first season to Bluray.
Living in Los Angeles is married couple Brett (Mark Duplass) and Michelle (Melanie Lynskey). They are in the process of working out the kinks of marriage while also coming to grips with being parents.
Best bud Alex (Steve Zissis) is hanging out with Tina (Amanda Peet), who also happens to be Michelle’s sister! Alex can’t decide if he can return to his acting gig and Tina is trying to accept getting older.
What do you think could possibly go wrong when all four end up under one roof?
Duplass as Brett is a man who is frustrated and although he speaks openly he is not being honest with himself or his wife. Feeling as if he must somehow go through the motions to keep his life moving forward, Duplass presents this character with charm, sadness, humor, surprise and delight.
Of his character, Duplass says, “When you come across a guy like Brett, there’s pretty much nothing you can say or do that’s going to solve those issues. Brett has buried himself in a little hole and he has to dig himself out and move through it – you just hope that once he’s done that, he can keep his marriage with him. That really is the big question about Brett and Michelle right now”.
Lynskey as Michelle is harboring hostility toward the man she loves. Actually she is mad at herself for not telling her husband exactly what she is looking for in their life together. Lynskey is amazing because what she is going through is entirely relatable and that is what reaches audiences. I love a series that makes me nod my head in agreement before I even realize I’m doing it.
Zissis as Alex has been kicked out of his place and of course he’s going to turn to best bud Brett. Although Alex seems to be the last person someone would go to for advice, he is always on his bff’s side and wants him to be happy.
Peet as Tina is an absolute whirlwind of emotion and unexpected craziness. To tell the truth I’ve hosed down a baby or two in my time and I said the exact same thing! The exercise sequence is hilarious as she totally runs Alex into the ground thinking nothing of it. Tina is that friend who jumps from thing to thing bouncing like a Tigger and can be absolutely exhausting but what would life be without her?
“Togetherness” is created by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Steve Zissis. The series is also executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass; co-executive producer Stephanie Langhoff.
Other cast include Peter Gallagher as Larry, John Ortiz as David and Abby Ryder Fortson as Sophie Pierson.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Togetherness” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to admit up front that I am a huge fan of the Duplass clan. There sense of humor is a tad twisted and that’s exactly how I like my laughs. In Togetherness I found so much that is not only real but frighteningly accurate about relationships, family, friends, loyalty and love.
Mark Duplass and brother Jay broke out in 2005 with the film THE PUFFY CHAIR and BAGHEAD. I knew of these films but my first sit down was the film CYRUS which I loved. In 2012 I was thrilled again with JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME and THE DO DECA PENTATHOLON. I am not surprised but am thrilled they have brought Togetherness to HBO.
The Bluray includes the bonus features Inside the Episode – Jay and Mark Duplass provide perspective on each character’s journey through the season, Amanda & Steve – Hilarious interview/behind-the-scenes footage with Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis and Deleted Scenes. Coming in at 240 minutes, be prepared to take a day or two recovery time from exploring every emotion you can think of!
In the end — some people have it all figured out but these are not those people!