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.