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They Came Together Review

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Corporate candy exec Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler), the owner of a small sweet shop, have a bumpy start to their relationship when his business muscles into her turf. And, as they recount to their friends, the path of true love hasn't always run smoothly since.

★★★★★

Thirteen years ago, writer-director David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer brilliantly subverted the ’80s summer-camp movie — and Paul Rudd was arguably the best thing in it. Now, after directing Rudd in Role Models and Wanderlust, Wain returns to the cake-and-eat-it school of movie cliché subversion with a hit-and-miss postmodern rom-com, as “not too handsome, not too Jewish” Joel (Rudd) and klutzy-but-cute candy-store owner Molly (Amy Poehler) relate the ups and downs of their relationship to another couple (Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper). Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are among those in on the joke.

Reinforcing the very rom-com tropes it's sending up, this is a little too postmodern for its own good. Happily, Poehler and Rudd are as irresistible as ever.

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