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They Came Together (2014/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: B- Film: B-

They Came Together (2014) is an absurdly funny and intelligent romantic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler that employs humor close to that of Airplane and is by the co-writer and director of Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain.

The narrative rolls out as a dinner date story of how Rudd and Poehler got married and fell in love that they are telling to a happily married couple (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) at a fancy restaurant. In the opening, they joke about how their love story is a bad romantic comedy and it hits all the archetypes that the genre employs. What works is that the characters of Rudd and Poehler hate each other at first and over the course of the story fall in love and then out of love and then back in love again.

Poehler has a cute little candy shop in the city that she has always dreamed of whilst Rudd works for a corporate candy shop that threatens to close down her business. Not agreeing with the corporate views of the company he works for and having to deal with a cheating wife (Colbie Smulders), Rudd bumps into Poehler for the first time at a Halloween party where they are both dressed as Benjamin Franklin and have a bad run in on the street where they knock over each other's food items for the party. They bicker and fight at the party even more when they discover that their friends were trying to set them up with one another. The cast in the film is pretty impressive and includes Michael Shannon, Ed Helms, Adam Scott, John Stamos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kenan Thompson. I just wonder where Tina Fey and Kristen Wig where?

The film isn't perfect however and has some jokes that are so far out of left field they barely make any sense. The plot is also, with good reason, paper thin and highly reliant on the stereotypes of the genre. If you find grown men pooping in their superhero costumes at a Halloween party funny then this may the movie for you.

The transfer on the disc is crisp and clear in 1080p high definition image with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and an impressive DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track. A lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also accompanied on the disc for older systems.

Special Features include Digital HD Copy, Audio Commentary by David Wain and Co-writer Michael Showalter, a Featurette, The San Francisco Sketchfest Table Read, Deleted Scenes, and a Theatrical Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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