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'They Came Together' review: Rudd and Poehler make fun of romantic comedies

Ellie Kemper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and David Wain attend a showing of "They Came Together."
Ellie Kemper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and David Wain attend a showing of "They Came Together."
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They Came Together

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Available in limited release in theatres and at online rental sites, such as Amazon, “They Came Together” mocks Hollywood romantic comedies with a collection of wonderfully silly actors. Though the film occasionally overuses clichés and randomness, fans of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler will appreciate this spoof. Writer/director David Wain has teamed up with Rudd on a few films, including “Role Models,” “Wanderlust,” and the cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer,” so they have established an unfiltered freedom with their level of off-beat humor.

On a double date, Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) proceed to narrate the story of how they became a couple to their patient friends Karen (Ellie Kemper) and Kyle (Bill Hader). Starting out explaining how New York City is practically a character in their story, the audience knows this film is a joke. The following tale is full of every romantic comedy cliché, from the single, working mom storyline to excessive use of “Thanks.”

With myriad comedy actors, especially many television stars, “They Came Together” abuses the romantic comedy genre by using its clichés against it. Rudd and Poehler, as always, are sensationally charming as they mock a variety of typical rom-coms (especially “You’ve Got Mail,” as Poehler pulls of the Meg Ryan sweetness and the story dabbles with the corporate worker, Joel, ruining the business of an independent candy store owned by Molly). Cobie Smulders aids the “cheating ex” scenario, Max Greenfield plays the slacker brother role, Michael Ian Black is cast as the competitive, smarmy coworker, and many other recognizable comic actors play more friends.

To be able to appreciate “They Came Together,” one must accept the extreme silliness of the spoof. Not crude, but the events are short of stupid and often random. Mostly fans of the stars will enjoy the film.

Rating for “They Came Together:” B-

For more information on this film or to view its trailer, click here.

“They Came Together” is currently playing in Columbus only at Gateway. For showtimes, click here.