They Came Together

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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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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 Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models comes a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre. (c) Lionsgate

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Critic Reviews for They Came Together

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (29)

  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • David Wain's funny and well observed spoof romcom maintains its observational rigour from first to last, looking eerily just like just the kind of film it's sending up ...

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director David Wain proves that he's one of the finest comedy filmmakers working right now.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • We'll have what they're having.

    Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for They Came Together

  • Nov 02, 2015
    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.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2015
    While director David Wain hasn't made any blockbuster films, when he and Paul Rudd get together like they did in Role Models, the comedic genius comes out ever so slightly. They Came Together easily gets laughs strictly from the cast of characters. There are plenty of cameos and additions to warrant a watch. Plus, it helps that the crew is having a blast acting out all the typical tropes of rom-coms. This film really makes it a point to draw out all the typical themes of those movies, but where it sags in the plot is because of this. Quite frankly, they try and mash too many of the jokes into the film and use one joke one too many times. It's sort of rushed in the end to really sneak under that 90 minute mark, and not for any particular reason, but probably better it ended sooner than later. Paul Rudd and Amy Pohler are a great comedy duo and show they have a great friendship on and off the screen time and time again. Watch it for the cast.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2015
    Points out every cliche of a romantic comedy while it makes fun of every cliche of a romantic comedy while hitting every cliche of a romantic comedy, plus some poo and dick jokes.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2014
    If there was a picture for a film that is simply too smart for its own good, this would be the movie pictured. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler make for a great pair, and their chemistry is undeniable, but the film is just too clever for its own good. It's incredibly self-aware and so stuck up in the idea of parodying romantic comedies that it doesn't really have its own identity. I don't mean that to be harsh or anything, because that's really the whole point of the film, to parody romantic comedy cliches and stereotypes. But, and this is gonna seem blasphemous to people, even to me it is a little blasphemous, but Young Frankenstein, in all its parodying of classic Universal horror films, still feels like it is its own unique film with a distinct identity. It, of course, owes everything to the films it makes fun of, but it still feels unique. That's not to say this film is completely devoid of its own style, but it's much too concerned about exaggerating the cliches associated with the genre that it just misses mark more often than it hits. That's not to say the film is completely devoid of laughs, Christopher Meloni gets some of the best laughs of the film, and I find the guy to be an incredibly underrated comedic actor. Michael Shannon's cameo is also really quite funny. Might have actually been my favorite part of the film, but that may just be because I'm such a huge fan of Michael Shannon. The problem with the film isn't that it doesn't have any jokes, it's just that it has so many of them that a lot of them just aren't up to snuff. But, if you happen to cut the worst of them out, you'd have a considerably shorter movie than it already is. So there's an obvious dilemma. And that's a shame, because I think there's a great movie here if only the material was a bit better. Not saying that's what here is bad, SOME of it is, but it could've been so much better considering the people involved. Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are naturally funny people, so they make it work for the most part. The film goes through all the rom-com cliches. Joel and Molly hate each other when they first meet, Molly owns an adorably quirky candy shop, whereas Joel works for a candy corporation looking to put Molly's shop out of business. They fall in love, they break-up, they get together with other people, Molly accepts a marriage proposal from a man she doesn't love, and walks out on him at the altar when she realizes he's not the one. Joel tries to win back Molly by promising the world, etc, etc. You've literally seen all of this before, and that's really kind of the point. I just wish the film would've been more subtle about its parodying of the rom-com genre. With that said, the film is still, somewhat, fun if you don't mind your films being as self-aware as this one is. It benefits from a very talented cast, and some really funny moments, but there are plenty of misses in this film, and that keeps it from being much better than it probably should've been.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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