Taking aim at the romantic comedy genre with mockery in one barrel and affection in the other, scattershot spoof They Came Together is very much hit and miss.
Amid quickfire gags that puncture every cliché in the rom-com book, stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are ideally cast as the tale’s mismatched lovers. He’s the Billy Crystal/Tom Hanks type: ‘handsome in a non-threatening way’; she’s cut from the Meg Ryan mould: an adorable klutz.
And, in a send-up of You’ve Got Mail, he just happens to be a corporate drone working for a faceless conglomerate, while she’s the owner of the small indie sweet shop his company plans to put out of business.
You can guess from the setup exactly how things will pan out, and this very predictability actually works against the film’s success. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter, makers of teen-movie parody Wet Hot American Summer, seem to think that simply pointing out rom-com stereotypes will deliver big laughs by itself, but their skits are nowhere near as funny nor as smart as the best of the films they are lampooning.
Certificate 15. Runtime 81 mins. Director David Wain.
In Cinemas, On Demand and Download from Friday 5th September.