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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love wins out (as usual in movie romances), even though Joel and Molly encounter a variety of roadblocks on the path to couplehood.
Positive Role Models
Joel and Molly must learn to be true to who they really are before they're able to realize what they need in a partner. When they're honest with themselves, it opens them up to appreciating -- and loving -- each other.
Violence & Scariness
A jilted suitor attacks his ex's new boyfriend with a sword; when disarmed, he resorts to his fists in an all-out, bare-knuckle brawl that's played mostly for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two sex scenes are both explicit and ludicrous, featuring couples engaged in over-the-top energetic, acrobatic bedroom antics. There's nudity, though none of the participants' genitals are visible, and there's plenty of vigorous motions and sounds, though the action mostly takes place either in shadow or in the background. Viewers can tell something is going on, but they don't get a good look at it. Also plenty of sexual references/talk.
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Frequent strong language, ranging from "f--k," and "s--t" to "damm" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
New York City gets a big plug, almost becoming a character itself.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine at meals, and some scenes feature characters having stronger drinks at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that They Came Together is a send-up of the tried-and-true romcom genre, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as the destined-to-be-together couple. Expect lots of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), one all-out brawl that's played for laughs, moderate drinking, and a few raunchy, intentionally over-the-top sex scenes (no sensitive body parts shown, but there is partial nudity and lots of vigorous motions and sounds). The movie is from the same folks behind cult fave Wet Hot American Summer, so that might make some teens more interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are so many reasons why They Came Together ought to be a runaway hit; unfortunately, it's a big miss. It's confounding, considering the cast is practically an assembly of comedy all-stars. And then there's the premise -- make a movie skewering the romcom genre's worst habits by referencing the classics (including You've Got Mail and Jerry Maguire), and make it winning and witty at the same time. But They Came Together feels the same way it does when you smile for too long: strained.
Part of the problem is how the film mimics what it's critiquing. Yes, it's supposed to, given the plot device. But just because it's easy to make fun of the genre's predictability doesn't mean the movie also has to be predictable. A twist near the end isn't enough to make a difference ... guess it just wasn't meant to be.
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