It Ain’t No Barrel Of Monkeys; To Me, It’s Better: “They Came Together”

The quicksilver farce in They Came Together (2014) is reminiscent of that in the TV shows Arrested Development and 30 Rock.  Just as both of those series were low-rated, David Wain’s movie failed to open in very many theatres and few people have heard of it.  It’s now on DVD and Blu-Ray and (in my opinion) manages to be properly structured and brashly hilarious.

A full-length parody of romantic comedies, it features Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler doing expert work as lovers Joel and Molly, and although much of the humor is not integral to the parody, that’s fine; it keeps the laughs coming. . . I used the word “brashly.”  Brash because, for one thing, it’s often, but not constantly, bawdy (from the silly title on).  Also, it can get pleasantly weird, as when the couple are in bed after having sex and are fully clothed.  Or . . . did they have sex?  It’s agreeable, too, that Wain likes his characters while he does his crazy lampooning.

English: Amy Poehler at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

English: Amy Poehler at the 2011 Time 100 gala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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