Review: They Came Together

Title: They Came Together
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Wain
Starring: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader
Runtime: 1 hr 24 mins

What It Is: We are listening like a fly on the wall to the story of Joel and Molly and how they…you guest it came together. You see as is the case in most romantic comedies Molly starts as an obstacle her candy shoppe is in the way of Joel’s giant corporate candy companies expansion. He’s tasks with eliminating her little shoppe, meanwhile however Molly’s friend Brenda whose married to Joel’s friend Bob tries to hook up Joel with Molly. Will they or won’t they. You would assume what would happen given they’re telling our story.

What We Think: This film tends to take every Romantic Comedy trope you can imagine and uses it for a joke. While some of those hit often times we’re left with an empty joke that doesn’t have anything to do with anything really. For example at one point there’s a cheap joke here by the great Christopher Meloni’s character Roland. It really struggles to get going, and this is due to a good joke hitting and then some really stale stuff happening after that. It’s that slow in momentum that completely kills this, despite pretty good chemistry between Rudd, and Poehler.

Our Grade: C+, It’s not a completely lost parody film, and it’s hits on some degree. The issue is that unlike writer Michael Showalter’s previous writing credit the much funnier Wet Hot American Summer. There’s really a bit to like here, but it gets lost beneath a bevy of bad jokes, and disappointing banter. Rudd is somewhat charming as is Poehler, but most of the other ancillary characters really aren’t interesting.

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