Title: They Came Together Director: David Wain Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 23m
“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.)”
2:12 - Love the description of Paul Rudd, the leading man in a romantic comedy. 4:53 - So far, their story is just like You’ve Got Mail. 6:38 - Er, there’s a guy hanging out the window. 9:24 - Eggman is a weird nickname. 14:09 - Ha, the saxophone being played by an actual busker. 18:19 - Is he in fancy dress as Justin Bieber? Awesome. 20:33 - Hehe, double Benjamin Franklins. 25:07 - I like the bear costume. 28:09 - “YOU like fiction books?” 31:00 - Cor, he was actually listening to her. That’s crazy talk. 31:26 - The iApple store. 33:17 - “T-I-M-E in jail.” 39:23 - Paul has some pretty terrible hair in this. 47:51 - Mid-film music video! 56:38 - “I was like, did this happen, and he was like, no, and I was like, why’d they write it down?” 1:01:56 - The more ridiculous it gets, the more amazing. 1:07:37 - “All hail Joel.” 1:11:19 - Where’s her son in all this?
We watched this for two reasons - firstly, that it was available digitally at the same time as being in the cinema and secondly, it has Paul Rudd in it. The trailer actually didn’t thrill me too much, I thought it looked silly.
As we started watching, it became clear why. It’s a spoof! I hadn’t realised going into it, but once my expectations were aligned with what we were watching, it was totally brilliant. A mixture of parody, homage and generally just poking fun, there were references galore and plenty of funny lines to repeat endlessly afterwards.
There were a few unnecessary bits for my tastes, but that’s sort of what you get with this kind of film. Overall, very watchable, enjoyable and not the usual rom-com sickly sweetness, even at the end!