Monday, July 14, 2014

REVIEW: They Came Together

They Came Together

Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler


June 27, 2014 (VOD/LIMTIED)

David Wain


1 hour 23 minutes



In a world where the modern generation of kids only knows the term "parody" in films like "A Haunted House," "Scary Movie V," and "Vampires Suck," it's nice to know that someone like David Wain still understands what it takes to make a truly funny spoof movie.  Case in point, we have his latest directorial effort "They Came Together."  Wain, along with his fellow "Wet Hot American Summer" screenwriter Michael Showalter, have spoofed the romantic comedy genre thanks to the help of their friends Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, playing the film's two romantic leads.  Add in Cobie Smulders, Bill Hader, and Christopher Meloni into the supporting cast, and we have something pretty awesome here.  Not to mention, the film itself is silly, obscure, and just downright hilarious.

While some of the jokes aren't as funny as others, almost every little bit of humor in this movie to me was a slam dunk.  As stupid and juvenile as the jokes could be, they always managed to get at least a chuckle out.  Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are in their comfort zones here, as are most of the cast members.  Christopher Meloni, a man known for being in stuff like "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," manages to be hilarious in his delivery and timing.  David Wain's script and direction show that he understands what it takes to make a legitimately good parody film, unlike the team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who has given us such "memorable" films like "Vampires Suck" and "The Starving Games."  This movie may not appeal to quite everyone because of its sheer stupidity, but this gave me a lot to laugh hard about, so for that reason alone I recommend you to check out "They Came Together" whether it's on VOD or in theaters.

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