. Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in a new movie called "They Came Together" that pokes fun at dozens of romantic comedies. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
I'm Neil Rosen. Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd team up in a new film that sets out to spoof romantic comedies. It's called "They Came Together."
Rudd and Poehler recount their rocky, on again, off again romance to another couple played by Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper.
At first, they can't stand each other. She owns a little sweets shop in Manhattan whose very existence is threatened by a candy superstore that he's about to open nearby.
If that plot sounds familiar, it's because they're knowingly making fun of the Nora Efron formula, specifically "You've Got Mail." Dozens of other rom-com conventions are satirized here as well.
They're a lot of all-knowing, wink wink jokes aimed at audiences who know the romantic comedy formula all to well.
On paper, the idea sounds like it could be very clever, but somehow the execution fails to hit the mark and more often than not, the in jokes fall flat.
The movie was directed and co-written by David Wain. Some of his previous work, like The Ten and Wanderlust, I simply loved. But this movie is trying to be more in the spoofy vain of his first film, "Wet Hot American Summer," which also featured Poehler and Rudd.
I'm a big fan of these two very talented actors and their comedic chops are first rate, but too often the material fails them.
Satire is a tough thing to pull off and I know what Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter are trying to do here conceptually, but for the most part, it doesn't gel.
There are a few silly moments and Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms and Cobie Smulders are also on hand. But the plot is weak, most of the gags are belabored and the bottom line is that it's a spoof that just doesn't have a lot of laughs.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2 Apples