'They Came Together'
(Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / LGF)
Overview: When Joel and Molly meet, it's hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through.
DVD Verdict: David Wain's 'They Came Together' is a parody of all romantic comedies. It's a film that knows what it is and plays off of it. It's a simple story of boy meets girl, boy and girl fight, boy and girl separate, and boy and girl get back together.
If you've ever seen a romantic comedy, you know what this story is and what will happen. Thanks to a talented cast, though, this film works for the most part. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler (who worked with Wain on the highly under-rated 'Wet Hot American Summer') have very good chemistry and the rest of the cast laughs along with them.
I went into this film skeptical about it and walked away from the sofa laughing more than I thought I would. It's a silly movie that feels like a cult film. The humor can be very forced at times, but, for the most part, the jokes work. If you're looking for a good short laugh, you won't be wasting your money in buying (or renting) this film tonight. There's a bunch of cameos and witty humor that will keep you engaged. This isn't a film that's trying to be great, and if you accept that, you'll have a fun time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer David Wain and Producer/Co-Writer Michael Showalter
"They All Came Together' Featurette
San Francisco Sketchfest Tavle Read