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The Movie: They Came Together
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Spoofing seemingly every New York romantic comedy from When Harry Met Sally to You’ve Got Mail, director David Wain, and his frequent comedy cohort Michael Showalter (the guys who brought you Wet Hot American Summer) both make a mockery of and pay tribute to all the tropes of the genre. From the brownstone homes to the holiday gatherings, watch as Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd meet, fall in love, break up, and get back together, all while the comedic style of spoofs like Airplane! and Young Frankenstein keep the laughs coming in fast and fierce.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: They Came Together has the most formulaic and clichéd storyline, but that’s the point. Told in flashbacks, the movie recalls how Molly (Amy Poehler) and Joel (Paul Rudd) came to fall in love, despite the fact that the former owns a little sweet shop that’s about to be put out of business by the latter’s employer, a massive candy conglomerate. Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper listen intently as the couple recount all the details of their complicated relationship, putting the goofiest spin on all the scenes you’ve seen in countless New York romantic comedies before, so much that it’s almost like New York is a character throughout the movie. Read More »
(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
When considering the best in cinema, it can be easy to overlook the movies that go out of their way to make us crack up. For whatever reason, comedy never seems as significant or important as comedy. But if we didn’t laugh, there’d be nothing to pick us up from those sad moments. So as part of our look back at the decade that was 2010 through 2019, I wanted to make sure we singled out the funniest movies of the year. No, I’m not just picking the best comedies, because sometimes the funniest movies can’t be so simply classified in a single genre like that. Instead, I wanted to pick the movies that made us laugh the hardest, most frequently, and most consistently. Without further adieu, let’s get into the Top 15 Funniest Movies of the Decade. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Another edition of Now Stream This is here to offer you a smorgasbord of streaming options! Be honest – you don’t want to leave your house. You want to stay inside and watch movies without getting up off the couch. If you find yourself in this situation, but remain uncertain about just what to watch, this column is here to help. In this edition, we have an anti-Western from Robert Altman, a brutal revenge flick, a Shakespeare adaptation that runs over 4 hours, a rom-com parody, and more.
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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They Came Together, directed and co-written by David Wain, is a madcap, off the wall, comedic send-up of the romantic comedy genre that goes so far over the top, you won’t believe it. The cast is a who’s who of comedy, from stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler to supporting actors Melanie Lynskey and Jason Mantzoukas, all the way down to scene stealers like Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper. There are a lot of laughs, an ambitious premise and I think a lot of people are going to like the movie. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people.
I may, however, grow to be one of those people. The brilliance of Wain’s comedy is that it can be so unexpected and off-putting that sometimes time and familiarity can make a movie funnier than it feels on the first viewing. However, on my first viewing, I felt They Came Together tried to be shocking so many times, and failed more often than not, that I couldn’t get into it. It’s so incessantly obsessed with the next joke, it skips everything in-between. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amy Poehler and Ed Helms were on the same NBC Thursday night comedy block for five seasons, but somehow they’ve never actually appeared onscreen together until David Wain‘s They Came Together.
The latest clip from the romcom parody features Poehler as a quirky candy shop owner, and Helms as the accountant who has the hots for her. Obviously, any romance between them is doomed to fail since he’s not the one whose face is on the poster. (Paul Rudd is.) But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the supremely awkward way he makes his move. Watch the latest They Came Together clip after the jump.
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Director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust) returns this year with a send-up of romcoms called They Came Together. The film stars Paul Rudd and Amy Pohler as a couple who finds one another, and then maybe also finds some other people, while working at a candy company. Today we’ve got an exclusive They Came Together clip, showing what happens when Rudd and Jason Mantzoukas engage in some office shenanigans. Things don’t go well, and when their smarmy co-worker Trevor (Michael Ian Black) saunters in, things don’t get any better. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
This year’s most star-studded, cliche-filled romcom isn’t based on a self-help book, built around a holiday, or directed by Garry Marshall. It’s They Came Together by David Wain, director of Wet Hot American Summer. Which, of course, means those cliches aren’t exactly being played straight.
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler play two New Yorkers who meet cute, You’ve Got Mail-style. She’s the owner of a small candy store; he’s the corporate exec of a big chain that wants to buy her out. Despite their differences, they fall in love.
Among the people who help and hinder the couple along the way are Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, Michael Ian Black, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield… and those are just the ones who make appearances in the trailer. Watch the They Came Together trailer after the jump. Read More »
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and with the opening of theater doors, hundreds of brand new movies will be revealed to the world. Some we’ve already heard of and are excited for — The Raid 2 and Life Itself come to mind — but the majority of them are wholly unknown. They’re films most audiences don’t yet know anything about, with massive stars, from famous directors, or featuring exciting premises..
Below I’ve pulled the titles of 25 2014 Sundance Films you may not have heard of yet, but sound absolutely amazing for one reason for another. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Thirteen years after Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain is getting the Camp Firewood gang back together. Well, some of them, anyway. And in completely different roles. In a totally different setting.
Okay, so They Came Together isn’t really a Wet Hot American Summer sequel at all. Instead, it’s a parodic take on the You’ve Got Mail formula. But with Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, and Christopher Meloni all lined up for roles, it looks like the next best thing.
Check out the first clip, featuring Rudd, Poehler, Max Greenfield (New Girl) and Teyonah Parris (Mad Men) after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Until that Wet Hot American Summer sequel gets going — if indeed it ever does get going — we can comfort ourselves with the mini-reunion that will be They Came Together. The romcom parody, which is set up at Lionsgate’s microbudget division, re-teams WHAS director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter with stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Hell, pull in a few more of the guys from The State and we can just turn this project into a secret WHAS sequel. More details after the jump.
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