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Film & Music: Ironically yours: This carefully observed, toe-curling spoof romance looks eerily like the movies it's sending up, says Peter Bradshaw: They Came Together 24/40 Dir: David Wain. With: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms. 81min. Cert: 15.

September 5, 2014

Peter Bradshaw

David Wain's funny and well observed spoof romcom maintains its observational rigour from first to last, looking eerily just like just the kind of film it's sending up - same production values, same locations, same cast, same everything. The idea is that Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are Joel and Molly, a couple having dinner with another couple explaining how they met, and how it was just like a romantic comedy, the kind in which New York is a character in the movie!

Their troubled relationship is shown in flashback, along with all the standard-issue quirky best friends, siblings, ex-lovers. (Actors Randall Park and Ellie Kemper appear here in the same archetypal roles that they play for real in the grim comedy Sex Tape: corporate drone and female friend.) The showcased song by Norah Jones - we see black-and-white footage of Rudd and Poehler supposedly visiting the recording studio and hanging out with the artist, the producer and visiting celebrities - is a toe-curling masterpiece of romcom self-love.


Lovers . . . Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and New York star in They Came Together

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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