Movie: They Came Together
My Rating: 3 stars
Valentine’s Day has come and gone again this year. And, what better way to commemorate it’s passing than with a biting satire about the whole Rom-Com genre? I hate those things. They’re so sappy and trite. And, whoever’s writing those movies sure doesn’t have a very high opinion of women or their intelligence. The material is usually pretty insulting. And, that’s why I was more than happy to sit back and laugh along as Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd tore the genre to shreds as the romantic leads in this story.
This movie pokes fun at all the ridiculous tropes you see in almost every single Romantic Comedy. The women are desperate for love, and are sending out all the wrong signals. The men are focused on their careers . . . almost too focused. The main characters always seem to have very important jobs in very vague sounding fields, like “business” or “publishing.” And, they must have some unnamed, independent sources of wealth, because the characters never seem to have to actually go to those jobs. These wacky love-birds never seem to have their priorities straight according to their families. But, there are always a few well-meaning, best friends to clear up any confusion and set them on the right path. These friends are always quirky, confident, and fiercely independent. Coincidences keep popping up out of nowhere, and they always manage to throw our heroes together into all kinds of wild and sexy scenarios. There are always a few comic misunderstandings that tear our couple apart. But, all the relationship red-flags always manage to conveniently dissipate by the end of the film. The way nature intended.
This movie is pretty spot-on with how it criticizes these movies. And, the jokes are pretty over the top. So, if you’re watching the movie with someone who actually happens to like Romantic Comedies, they may get pretty upset. (Of course, if your date is particularly dim, they might not notice that anything is amiss at all). But, I’d like to think that people can be good sports about this kind of joke. (Although sadly, I’ve been disappointed before). But, I do recommend this movie. It’s silly, light and fun—the perfect remedy for your post-Valentine’s Day emotional hangover.