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Review: Sharp And Savage 'They Came Together' Starring Paul Rudd And Amy Poehler

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 24, 2014 7:28 PM
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They Came Together
A parody that loves, knows and understands what it’s mocking, David Wain’s “They Came Together” (co-written with Michael Showalter) lovingly nuzzles up to the plots, clichés and tropes of the modern big-studio rom-com specifically, only to then slash at the jugular to spill their anemic, overly sweet blood. It knows how to mock cliché big things, like jokes about set-dressing and music video montages; it’s also wise about small matters, right down to the font and the framing device. Molly (Amy Poehler) is a lovable klutz who owns a small candy shop in New York; Joel (Paul Rudd) is a good, non-threateningly handsome man who happens to work for the candy mega-corporation that’s about to knock Molly’s tiny shop out of business.

‘Yes Man’ Filmmaker & David Wain New Frontrunners To Direct ‘Ant-Man’; Michael Douglas Weighs In

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 6, 2014 8:26 PM
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Has your enthusiasm for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” been sufficiently quashed ever since Edgar Wright left the project, only to see it passed over by several comedy directors in Hollywood? Well, hold the phone, your interest could dip even lower.

Watch: 2 Clips From David Wain's Rom-Com Send Up 'They Came Together' With Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2014 5:18 PM
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“We threw in every element: the opposites-attract story line, the Jewish-but-not-too-Jewish funny leading man, the klutzy woman whom you kind of love, the sassy best friend, the black best friend, the wise old grandmother,” writer/director David Wain told EW about his new purposefully cliché rom-com. ”Anything we could think of, we found a place for it in there.” Titled “They Came Together,” the comedy stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler and basically acts to send-up and spoof all meet cute romantic comedies.

Watch: First Trailer For David Wain's 'They Came Together' Starring Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2014 9:08 AM
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They Came Together
David Wain has given comedy fans "Wet Hot American Summer," "The State," "Stella," "Role Models" and more, and for his next trick? He's taking on rom-coms with "They Came Together," and the results looking promising.

Sundance Review: David Wain's 'They Came Together' Gives Assembly-Line Rom-Coms A Brisk, Bruising Rebuttal

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 25, 2014 5:04 PM
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They Came Together
A parody that loves, knows and understands what it’s mocking, David Wain’s “They Came Together” (co-written with Michael Showalter) lovingly nuzzles up to the plots, clichés and tropes of the modern big-studio rom-com specifically, only to then slash at the jugular to spill their anemic, overly sweet blood. It knows how to mock cliché big things, like jokes about set-dressing and music video montages; it’s also wise about small matters, right down to the font and the framing device.

Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler To Star In Rom-Com Spoof 'They Came Together,' From David Wain & Michael Showalter

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 8:14 PM
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Anyone watching "Parks and Recreation," which wraps up its fourth season tomorrow night on NBC, at the moment is being treated to a match up between two of the finest comic performers of their generation, in the electoral battle between Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope and Paul Rudd's Bobby Newport. And while their battle for the Pawnee council seat should be wrapping up, it looks like we're going to see more of the pairing in the very near future, this time on the big screen, with the two stars set to reunite with the team behind one of their earliest filmic comedies.

David Wain Talks Improv, Working With Judd Apatow & The Value Of Test Screening 'Wanderlust'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • February 24, 2012 11:03 AM
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On paper, “Wanderlust” probably looks like your standard high concept romantic comedy. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd are two New Yorker’s displaced by job loss who decide to go on the road and figure out what to do with their lives. They wind up on a rural commune called Elysium where the conventions of modern living and societal standards have been thrown out the window. Hijinks ensue. But for those in the know who’ve been following the career of David Wain and his group of pals since they first turned heads on the MTV sketch comedy show "The State" in the mid-‘90s, the humor of “Wanderlust” is probably a little bit stranger than your standard rom-com. Wain’s comedic sensibilities stray a little more towards the avant-garde than modern movie audiences might expect.

David Wain Promises A "Bizarro Cut" Of 'Wanderlust' On The DVD, Made Up Completely Of Alternate Lines & Jokes

  • By John Lichman
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  • February 23, 2012 4:20 PM
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There's a clear message that David Wain wants to send with "Wanderlust": he will move you. In fact, he'll even massage your head if you're in the aisle of a screening, as he did yesterday as a part of Film Comment Selects at Lincoln Center in New York City (seriously, the author can confirm that Wain's fingers are like a gentle breeze).

David Wain Confirms ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Sequel In The Works, But No Guarantee It Will Happen

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • February 23, 2012 2:24 PM
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David Wain is finally creeping out of his longtime cult status designation and into the mainstream. 2008’s “Role Models” was a hilarious success and now he’s followed it up with “Wanderlust,” which hits screens tomorrow. Thankfully, Wain isn’t forgetting his roots or the fans that have stuck by him from the beginning.

Review: David Wain's Easygoing 'Wanderlust' Is A Light, Shaggy, Scruffy & Diverting Comedy

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 22, 2012 3:41 PM
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While it's their first collaboration, one would be completely excused if they believed writer/director David Wain ('Wainy Days," "Stella," "Role Models") and Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up," etc.) had been working together for years. Clearly kin-like comedic souls or brothers from another mother, Wain and Apatow have been drinking from the same sweet and sour pool for some time, "Role Models" especially feels like an Apatow production.

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