‘Together Together’ Interview: Ed Helms And Patti Harrison On Surrogacy Comedy And Subverting Expectations

I had no idea what I was in for when sitting down to watch Nikole Beckwith’s Together Together at this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival. Beckwith’s first film at the festival since Stockholm, Pennsylvania six years ago, her followup is completely different and yet shows her continued ability to subvert expectations. The film stars Ed Helms and comedian Patti Harrison, and centers on a single, middle-aged man who wants to have a child. In what sounds like a perfect, traditional rom-com setup, he hires a younger woman as surrogate.

What unfolds is a story that you think will be a familiar romantic-comedy, but is anything but that. Their relationship grows by leaps and bounds, changing the way we look at true, pure platonic love. And yes, it’s also very funny. How could it not be with Helms and Harrison exploring something we’ve never seen before on the big screen; the male biological clock?

I had the chance to speak with Ed Helms and Patti Harrison about Together Together, what drew them to the project, and how they forged such incredible chemistry.

Together Together opens this Friday, April 23rd. You can check out my early review here and the interview below!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.