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288 Ratings

They Came Together

Directed by David Wain
United States, 2014
Comedy, Romance


This subversion/spoof/deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre has a vaguely, but not overtly, Jewish leading man, a klutzy, but adorable, leading lady, and New York City itself as another character in the story.

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They Came Together Directed by David Wain
The relentless pacing of Wain and Michael Showalter’s visual and verbal gags (including incessant puns, quasi-vaudeville routines, and Michael Shannon with a sword) stands apart from the improv-based stasis of so many leaden Judd Apatow epics.
June 06, 2018
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Unsurprisingly given the sensibilities in control, the jokes can be specific to a hermetic extreme: I don’t think the gag cutting from an exterior shot of the Strand bookstore to an interior that’s a smaller, different establishment might travel outside NYC, but (in the prickly spirit of Los Angeles Plays Itself) it’s still a great niche joke about too many movies’ careless geographical scrambling of/contempt for locations.
January 12, 2015
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What’s so ingenious about this film (and so unlikely about its success) is that Wain pitches himself dead centre between the moebius strip teases of Charlie Kaufman and the farty, single-serve namechecking of Friedberg and Seltzer, and somehow manages to take all the best of the former, and absolutely nothing from the latter.
September 04, 2014
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