They Came Together

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Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy almost loses girl thanks to his annoyingly boyish ways – everyone knows how the typical romantic comedy plays out. But leave it to David Wain and Michael Showalter (TV’s The State, Wet Hot American Summer) to give the all-too-familiar genre a hilarious and subversive twist. They Came Together stars comedy vets Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in the epic love story of Joel, a corporate executive for Candy Systems and Research, a mega candy store chain, and Molly, the owner of a small sweet shop called Upper Sweet Side. When Joel is tasked with shutting down Molly’s mom-and-pop operation, an irresistibly gooey connection – think Tom Hanks meets Meg Ryan via an adorable soundtrack – begins to form between the rivals, and the unlikely lovers find themselves hurled into a whirlwind romance. From quaint bookstores and coffee shops to neurotic family members and psychotic ex-lovers, Joel and Molly must overcome a gauntlet of harrowing obstacles on their path to true love. Wain and Showalter send up every overly sincere and saccharine cliché of the romantic comedy genre, from the standard-issue “meet cute” to the inevitable denouncement, with gut-busting gags and irreverent laughs. Featuring a supporting cast of all-star comedians including Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Max Greenfield, Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms, and Christopher Meloni, They Came Together is stacked with off-the-wall humor and satiric bite. It’s the anti-romantic comedy of the year, with an inspired amount of lunacy that could only come from the twisted minds of Wain and Showalter. (Dir. by David Wain, 2014, USA, 83 mins., Rated R, Lionsgate) Digital