They Came Together – 5/10.

Rom Com parody only elevated above being terrible by Paul Rudd’s beautiful face.


There is so much comedy gold to be mined from a Rom Com parody but They Came Together plays it pretty safe and is actually so close to being a romantic comedy at times it is indistinguishable.

The premise of a romantic origin story being told around the dinner table between Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper (Erin from The Office) is awesome and these scenes provide the funniest moments. Another thing that director David Wain does get spot on is the story structure and the accompanying cheesy soundtrack.

Unfortunately It is in the flashbacks themselves where most of the (many) jokes fall flat. They Came Together is aiming for Airplane but ends up closer to Scary Movie 2. It was a bold move to have Rudd sending up the genre that has been his bread and butter for the last few years and it all comes across a bit too smug and knowing akin to an 83 minute SNL sketch.

A really great comedic supporting cast (Ed Helms, Chris Meloni, Jack McBrayer, Jason Mantzoukas) are pretty much wasted. If you are not a big Paul Rudd fan (took a long hard look in the mirror) then don’t waste your time with this.

This Is 40 – 6.5/10

This isn’t Sparta. This… Is… 40!


Sequel of sorts to Knocked Up focusing on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years on.
There is literally no plot to This Is 40, ‘couple argue’ is pretty much it. There are some great one liners though and if you share my undying love for Paul Rudd there is a lot to enjoy.
One downside is that Director Judd Apatow amazingly still hasn’t learned that comedies should definitely not be over two hours long. A mistake he keeps making over and over again. Apatow is still probably the best Hollywood comedy director right now though in the absence of Kevin Smith and with the Coen Brothers work becoming more dramatic. A genuinely funny if forgettable movie.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – 9/10

An introverted, socially awkward freshman is taken under the wing of a group of seniors. Should be really pretentious and annoying – ends up being brilliant.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Ph: John Bramley © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.  All rights reserved.

¬†Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower starts off as a straightforward but very good teen movie, think Heathers, Submarine, Juno etc but as the films goes on, the growth of the characters is reflected in the growth of the film and it becomes possibly the best movie of 2012.
Ezra Miller shows a totally different side to the menacing Kevin he played in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Emma Watson shrugs off Potter and Logan Lerman is a revelation in the lead role.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is moving and at times hilarious. A coming of age tale that also touches on mental health, homosexuality, drug use and music (it has a great soundtrack). So many different layers, some wonderful symbolic and metaphorical stuff, loads of memorable lines, throw Paul Rudd into the mix as a inspirational English teacher and what more could you ask? Watch it.