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They Came Together (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 19

They Came Together is surprisingly messy and perhaps too smart for its own good, but Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd's chemistry is enough to overcome many of the movie's flaws.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 11

They Came Together is surprisingly messy and perhaps too smart for its own good, but Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd's chemistry is enough to overcome many of the movie's flaws.

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User Ratings: 4,277

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When Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) meet, it's hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex (Cobie Smulders). But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant (Ed Helms). But then right at the end...well you'll just have to see. (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together.) From the director of

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Michael Showalter, David Wain

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (19)

Wain's film is both a takedown and a tribute: As with his summer-camp-movie spoof Wet Hot American Summer, you walk away with a renewed love for the genre.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Simply recreating what we know to be hackneyed and safe doesn't suddenly make it hilarious and surprising. There has to be a spin to it; there has to be some innovation.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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At times laugh out loud-inducing, but ultimately feels more like a promising Saturday Night Live skit (the romcom couple?) than a standalone piece of entertainment.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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I never stopped smirking as I watched the movie. But I would have traded all of it for half-a-dozen genuine smiles.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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A series of hit-and-miss sketch-comedy bits rather than a fully realized movie that might have gutted contemporary rom-com clichés rather than just weakly aping them.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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We'll have what they're having.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

Predictable romcom send-up has racy sex scenes, language.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Really nothing more than Friedberg/Seltzer movie with A-Listers.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell
EntertainmentTell

You'll laugh yourself silly

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

They Came Together is smart and incisive satire of the scorched-earth variety.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

It's not as raunchy as the title suggests, but Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler pull off a hilarious sendup of every rom-com cliché with only a few (easily forgivable) missteps. I laughed a lot.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Who knew that a spoof of romantic comedies could be so hilarious, and entertaining?

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

It's a farce of the genre featuring pratfalls, absurdities and general buffoonery by its stellar cast.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The production has a clear goal for the humor here, and they execute everything with a freewheeling attitude. And there's Poehler in a suit of armor. That's always welcome too.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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David Wain's They Came Together rolled the dice and tried to parody the romantic comedy. Fortunately, they succeeded about as well as anybody could hope for.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Unabashedly silly and farcical, it occasionally misfires, but once it finds its groove, They Came Together is, indeed, Wain's best movie since Wet Hot American Summer.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

The rom-com is ripe fruit for spoofing, but They Came Together barely finds a drop of humour despite a cast that gets the juices flowing.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Let's face it. Romantic comedies are easy targets for lampoons and parodies. Yet, David Wain's suggestively titled They Came Together never goes for the jugular when it comes to exposing the innate, formulaic dumbness of the genre.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Audience Reviews for They Came Together

As a romantic comedy, this is one of the worst films I have ever seen, but what it actually is, is a clever spoof on every single cliche in the book and it pulls off nearly every joke it sets out to achieve. I enjoyed every second of this film, and it definitely helped having such a funny cast. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are fantastic together and they embrace the world they are making fun of. Something that a bad romantic comedy tries to do seriously is also done in this film throughout, but it is hilarious. Well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, "They Came Together" is one of the biggest surprises of 2014 for me. It's not a perfect film by any means, but it is way too much fun to turn down. One of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year!
July 6, 2014
KJ Proulx

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The film is zany and hilarious. The film is done in the same style as the Zucker Bros. (Airplane, Naked Gun), Mel Brooks, Jim Abrams (Hot Shots) type of films. It is spoofing romantic comedies. They key to this film is don't take it seriously. Once you do that you can enjoy it. In a weird way the film spoofs movies like You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and The Graduate. The framework of Rudd and Poehler telling their story to Kemper and Hader reminded me of the framework of the Billy Crystal film Forget Paris.

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are very good and funny here. They have a good on screen chemistry. The rest of the cast is funny. There are some funny celeb cameos including Judge Judy, Norah Jones, John Stamos, Adam Scott, Michael Shannon, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Zak Orth's character was hysterical in the scenes that he is in.
June 23, 2014
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