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They Came Together is a 2014 American satirical romantic comedy film directed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter.[1] It is a parody of romantic comedies infused with Showalter and Wain's absurd approach. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,[2] and was released theatrically (with a simultaneous release on iTunes) on June 27, 2014.[3]

They Came Together
They Came Together poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Wain
Produced byMichael Showalter
Written byDavid Wain
Michael Showalter
StarringPaul Rudd
Amy Poehler
Cobie Smulders
Christopher Meloni
Max Greenfield
Bill Hader
Ellie Kemper
Jason Mantzoukas
Melanie Lynskey
Ed Helms
Music byCraig Wedren
Matt Novack
CinematographyTom Houghton
Edited byJamie Gross
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) (Sundance)
  • June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million


Joel and Molly have dinner with an unhappy couple, Kyle and Karen, and recount how they first began dating. At the time, Molly owned a small-independent candy store, Upper Sweet Side, that was being bought out by Joel's company, a larger candy corporation called CSR. Joel lived with his girlfriend, Tiffany, until he caught her cheating on him with his coworker Trevor. On their way to the same Halloween party, Joel and Molly meet. They initially fight, but end up going on a date, where Joel meets Molly's son from a previous relationship. Joel admits that he is not over his relationship with Tiffany, and Molly leaves angrily. Joel apologizes, and the two begin dating. They break up after a trip to Molly's parents' house, who are revealed to be white supremacists. Joel begins dating Tiffany again, and Molly begins dating her banker, Eggbert. Molly and Eggbert become engaged, and Joel realizes that he is still in love with Molly, and races to the wedding. He arrives to find that she has already left Eggbert at the altar, and goes to the Brooklyn Promenade to find her. They agree to get back together, but Molly's ex-husband Spike, who was just released from jail, confronts Joel. Joel wins the fight, and Spike is taken by the police, only to be shot in the head when he tries to escape. Joel and Molly get married, and Joel opens a coffee shop attached to Upper Sweet Side. In the present, Joel and Molly reveal that they are getting divorced, as their marriage has since fallen apart.



The film was written by David Wain and Michael Showalter.[1] Rudd and Poehler participated in a table read of the script at the SF Sketchfest in January 2012.[1]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2014.,[5] the film went on to screen at the Sundance London Film Festival on April 26, 2014.,[6] and went on to screen at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, BAMcinema Fest.,[7][8][9] The film was released in the United States on June 27, 2014 in a limited release and through video on demand by Lionsgate.[10]


They Came Together has been met with generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a 69% rating based on 82 reviews, with the site's consensus stating: "They Came Together is surprisingly messy and perhaps too smart for its own good, but Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd's chemistry is enough to overcome many of the movie's flaws".[11] On Metacritic, the movie has a score of 60 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sneider, Jeff (May 9, 2012). "Rudd, Poehler team for rom-com parody". Variety. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sundance 2014: World Cinema Dramatic Competition". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Reiher, Andrea (May 1, 2014). "'They Came Together': Watch 'Parks and Rec' star Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd skewer rom-com cliches". Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bettinger, Brendan (August 1, 2012). "First Photos of Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Michael Shannon with a Sword on "They Came Together" Set". Collider. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (2014-01-25). "Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler give rom coms an 'Airplane!' twist: Sundance". Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  6. ^ "Sundance London 2014 Review – They Came Together (2014)". 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  7. ^ "They Came Together". The Chicago Critics Film Festival. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  8. ^ "They Came Together". SIFF. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  9. ^ Gordon Cox (2014-05-06). "N.Y. Will Get First Glimpses of 'Snowpiercer,' 'They Came Together' at BAMcinemaFest". Variety. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  10. ^ "Watch Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Help Save Parodies In They Came Together Trailer". Cinemablend. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  11. ^ "They Came Together (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  12. ^ "They Came Together Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-07-27.

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