They Came Together (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for They Came Together
Rom-com tropes like the ''meet-cute'' are so tired that you can't just spoof them -- you have to spoof the spoofs, which this winking David Wain-Michael Showalter parody mostly succeeds at doing.
The film feels fatuous and irritatingly complacent. Everybody's calling attention to the barrage of familiar clichés without doing much to subvert them.
Hopefully will shame a few screenwriters into not writing that next Jessica Biel-Ashton Kutcher film.
They Came Together is here to kill romantic comedies, and yet, it's five years too late, like a Terminator who hasn't accounted for daylight savings.
It nails the romantic comedy spoof perfectly, to the point that even if you hate rom coms you can still enjoy it for its skewering of them.
Audience Reviews for They Came Together
I did go into this expecting a standard rom com, so I was surprised to find it's actually kind of a spoof movie.
It's really silly, but once you get that it's a spoof, and not just a really exceptionally bad rom com, it does work. Had quite a few laughs at this one.
David Wain assembles his pals once more for another satirical romp through a genre film. This time he takes on romantic comedies, casting Paul Rudd as our affable leading man, and Amy Poehler as our clumsy heroine. While some of this film is really funny and hits the nail right on the head, the writing also gets too pointed and contentious. Part of parodying these kinds of films is knowing what makes them great, and showing the positives of the genre, and this film only wants to point out how ludicrous romantic comedies are. The part with Meloni and the superhero suit had nothing to do with anything, but I thought it was funny, and the music video in the middle of the film was weird but amazingly perfect. Little things like that made it funny and unexpected, but the rest was very obvious in choice and execution. Still, I loved the cast and every performance, so perhaps Wain will be making another ensemble film soon.
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!
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