Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler
Directed and part-written by David Wain
IMDB Rating: 5.4
A cliché-flled movie poking fun at the whole rom-com genre that is actually really fun to watch!
Molly (Poehler) is the quirky and clumsy owner of a small candy shop in New York – whereas Joel (Rudd) is the ‘corporate robot’ who works for a major candy corporation tasked with closing her store down. They meet through mutual friends and instantely hate each other, until they get together, then split… then get together.The film is told in a ‘How I Met your Mother’ style, with Molly and Joel on a double date telling the story of how they met, explaining that ‘it’s just like a cheesy rom-com’. In fact, there is a slight HIMYM feel about the movie; New York, telling the story, finding love, Cobie Smulders!
I like to think that when writing this David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter sat down and made a checklist of every rom-com cliché, then thought “Right, lets put all of these into an hour and a half film”! Don’t expect anything special from this film, because that’s not the point. This is just ninety minutes of taking the mick out of every other rom-com before it. There’s not that much of a story, just the typical guy-meets-girl story you could probably find in loads of other films. what works in this film is the comedy. While the thought of a cliché filled rom-com might make you want to throw up don’t be alarmed, this film knows that it’s being cliché and fully plays on it, over-exaggerating everything it does.
The performances by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are not exactly brilliant, but they are both funny actors. They have both done plenty of comedies so know exactly what is required, and in terms of making us laugh they did a good job!
The directing by David Wain is actually pretty good. There’s a lot of good shots in this film and he controls the scenes very well. Considering this is just a little comedy film and not a big blockbuster piece he’s actually done really well here!
The only reason I can think for this being so poorly rated on IMDB is that people expected this to be a sweet and cuddly romantic comedy about love and all things. That’s not what this is. If you can look at this as a comedy film then you will instantly fall in love with it. This definitely isn’t the best comedy film I’ve ever seen, and it’s definitely not the best rom-com I’ve ever seen – but it is the best ever comedy about rom-coms I’ve ever seen and I think any romance fans will love this movie as a bit of easy watching!
Can anyone whose seen this film think of any clichés they missed? Comment below!
I’m sorry I said cliché so much, but I couldn’t think of another word to explain all the little bits they nicked from every other romance film ever made. I’m sure if you’ve seen the movie you’ll understand!