After watching Together Together, I have one single question. Can we get more friendship films, please?
Films that put friendship to the forefront are always some of my favourites. They always find a way to pull at your heartstrings and Together Together is no different. A film that took me by surprise, a film that I watched with tears in my eyes as I saw this friendship develop. Together Together is heartfelt from start to finish, a love story that is all about friendship.
When young loner Anna (Patti Harrison) becomes the gestational surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s (Ed Helms), the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.
Surrogacy isn’t a subject that we usually see in feature films but especially tackled this way. This is a story that we might not usually see, usually surrogacy stories are about couples, but Together Together goes the other way. This is all about Anna and Matt’s friendship and surrogacy is just a way to explore that friendship. The film doesn’t shy away from surrogacy, showing a side of it that most might not know about but surrogacy is just the entry point for everything.
My favourite is when a love story isn’t about a relationship but a friendship. Because some of my greatest love stories have been friendships. Those films most importantly showcase that love can come in all shapes and forms. Anna and Matt might have met in the most unexpected of circumstances, but their friendship and love for each other are as real as the baby that she is going to carry for him. It also gives us some great comedic moments, because the situation in itself is funny.
Ed Helms is as always wonderful in this one, but this film is Patti Harrison’s from start to finish. While they both get moments to shine, Harrison truly deserves so much love for this role. Her timing against Helms is impeccable, the way she navigates Anna’s emotional journey brings you to tears. It’s just wonderful to see her get a role like this where she can showcase everything she has. She brings something to Anna that makes the character so deep, you feel like there’s always something she is holding back, emotions that she doesn’t show until the final shot of the film where everything breaks down and all of a sudden, Anna is completely exposed. Patti Harrison is a star and Together Together showcases that perfectly.
Together Together wears its heart on its sleeve. There are moments that you can just see writer/director Nikole Beckwith lay down everything she truly believes in. There’s one conversation in particular between Anna and Matt after they are mistaken as a couple where the name of Woody Allen is invoked that had me in tears of laughed because of how real and true this was. It felt like I was watching me and my friends have conversations and for that, I loved this film.
I will say that Together Together surprised me. The charming moments paired with the incredible acting from Helms and Harrison made for a film that I found myself gushing over after watching it. The dialogue had me screaming and by the end, I was fully crying incapable of controlling myself as the film faded to black. It might not be flashy or the funniest film of the year, but its heart is so pure that you can’t help but love it for that.