Directed by: Nikole Beckwith
USA, 2021, 90m
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When 26-year-old San Francisco barista Anna becomes a gestational surrogate to a single, middle-aged app designer named Matt, she expects only a transactional bit of good karma and the payday that will allow her to finish her college degree. But as Matt’s unbridled enthusiasm for impending parenthood leads him to persistently insert himself into her life and invite her into his, the initially annoyed Anna finds herself reluctantly charmed, and they forge an unlikely friendship. Writer-director Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania) has created a disarming film that eschews rom-com conventions and subverts expectations of traditional gender dynamics, instead paying tribute to the deeply felt and regenerative power of platonic love. Featuring the boldly mismatched casting of comedy icon Ed Helms and sharp-tongued newcomer Patti Harrison, the smart, funny, and endearing Together Together depicts the surrogacy process with melancholy and warmth, embedding a distinctively awkward humor within its palpable tenderness for these not-at-all hopeless loners.