Untogether (2019) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

Untogether (2019) - Title Card
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Untogether avoids the sisterhood you’d want to see develop for them to deal with their older boyfriends, and possibly their daddy issues.


Director(s)Emma Forrest
Written ByEmma Forrest
Date Released2/8/2019
Genre(s)Romance, Drama
Good If You LikeSeeing Young Women With Older Men

Women Working On their Issues Through The Men They Date

Isn’t For You If YouAre Hoping To Understand The Sisterhood Seen In The Movie
Noted Cast
TaraLola Kirke
AndreaJemima Kirke
DavidBilly Crystal
MartinBen Mendelsohn
NickJamie Dornan

Untogether Plot Summary

23-year-old Tara and her sister Andrea pseudo-live together and while sisters, seemingly didn’t grow up together with their shared father – a man who has been dead for a year. In fact, the father Tara knew is spoken of as a complete opposite to the trash individual Andrea knew. But, both work through their daddy issues in their own way. Tara, who misses her father dearly, works through her issues by pursuing older men, including a rabbi named David, and Andrea? Well, she deals with men who are as unavailable as her father was.

All the while, they don’t really talk to each other about their issues because, why would sisters who basically live together do that?

 

Highlights

Andrea

Nick saying Andrea (Jemima Kirke) looks like velvet but is as scratchy as Velcro.
Andrea (Jemima Kirke)

Andrea, at first, could come off like she intends to be an enigma. However, as we get to know her, you come to the realization she only comes off as an enigma because most of the people in her life don’t try to understand her. Well, except Martin. Which creates a weird thing between the two.

But, that is also the allure of Andrea. No matter which character she interacts with, she draws you in and eclipses them in the process. Which isn’t to say Jemima Kirke makes for a lousy scene partner but more so speaks to how the other characters are written in comparison. If not how their presence compares to hers.

Criticism

How Did This Sisterhood Come To Be?

While Tara and Andrea have a relationship, the film focuses on pretty much anything besides that. Which is to the detriment of the film for with their lives parallel because of their father, it makes us not getting to see and understand their upbringing suck. Never mind, assuming they didn’t grow up together, how did they meet and how do they reconcile having two completely different views of their father? Questions which remains unanswered for they are more worried about the men in their lives.

On The Fence

The Men & Tara

Andrea (Jemima Kirke) and Tara (Lola Kirke) talking about how Tara should have taken responsibility for Martin's feelings.
Andrea (Jemima Kirke) and Tara (Lola Kirke)

Men who, honestly, aren’t that much of a draw. Don’t get me wrong, Billy Crystal as David has his moments, but not to the point I could sell you to watch the film just because of him. But, in his defense, the men are just not made to be notable figures. Though, if we’re honest, Tara isn’t either. While Jemima at least has that something which draws you in, Lola, as also seen in Gemini, might be a talented actress, but doesn’t have that oomph to make her someone to follow.

Hence her being lopped in with the men, for even with her daddy issues, that she is working through in scenes with Crystal and Mendelsohn, you don’t get a selling point. You just get a few recognizable names who may have helped with funding, but don’t lead to recommendations for viewing Untogether.

Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Purchase, Rent, Get Tickets, or Merchandise On (Fandango/ Amazon)

Untogether is the kind of film which has a wonderful plot staring right at it, but it does everything but address what could be interesting. Hence the mixed label for while Jemima Kirke gives us a character you want to delve into, and which could have boosted her sister’s role, they rarely talk about their shared father and instead focus on the men in their life. Men who, for the most part, are reliant on them to be noteworthy and when it comes to Tara, she gives neither Crystal nor Mendelsohn the boost they need. Thus leaving you bored and waiting for Tara and Andrea to have conversations, but ending up disappointed when the focus is solely about the men they are dating, want to date, or are f***ing.

Thoughts On Ending, And How It Plays Into Overall Rating, On 2nd Page

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