David Wain and Michael Showalter, the team that brought us Wet Hot American Summer, has a new comedy coming to Sundance this year called They Came Together. The movie stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, and the movie is supposed to be spoofing romantic comedies. I'm not really a big fan of spoofs, but there is smart way to make a spoof and a stupid way to make one. It looks like they did this one right.
After having already made world-changing cinematic statements on adolescence (Wet Hot American Summer), religion (The Ten), service (Role Models), and community (Wanderlust), I teamed up with Michael Showalter to take on a topic that (to our knowledge) has yet been seen in the movies: ROMANCE — particularly heterosexual romance between two white people.
Our next idea was to mix this romance story with humor – so you could almost call this a Romantic-Comedy, so to speak.
We first worked with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd on Wet Hot American Summer. They played summer camp counselors in that movie, so it was obviously hard for us to imagine them playing a shopkeeper and a corporate executive, respectively. But thanks to a team of acting coaches and an award™ winning VFX team, we pulled off the illusion.
The movie also stars Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Max Greenfield, Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms, Melanie Lynsky, Michael Shannon, Jason Mantzoukas, and Michaela Watkins. Thanks to Buzzfeed. I'll be seeing this one at Sundance, so I'll make sure to let you all know how it is!