Thursday, October 30, 2014

"They Came Together" - a great postmodern film

The other night, I watched a movie called They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd as satirical characters whose lives parody the romantic comedy genre. The film played on all the classic rom-com tropes - the cute, klutzy girl; the sensitive, misunderstood guy; the sexy ex-girlfriend with suspicious motives; the token "sassy" black BFF; and of course, the big emotional speech made by the guy at the end that convinces the girl to come back to him.
In this way, They Came Together is definitely an example of a postmodern piece. It is absurd and hilarious because we recognize all the cliches it makes fun of - cliches we are familiar with because of how many images - movies, TV, books and even songs - in which we've seen them before. This is the essence of postmodernism. How many of us have actually seen a man dash into an airport JUST IN TIME to convince his lost love not to board the plane? For one thing, he'd never get past security. But we instantly recognize that image, because it's been presented to us again and again in countless contexts.

They Came Together is a brilliant piece of satire with an all-star comedy cast, and I highly recommend it. (Warning, it is rated R, and there are a couple of - eek - sex scenes, so you probably shouldn't watch it with your grandma. Actually, definitely don't watch it with your grandma.)

Here's the trailer:


  1. This sounds like a great movie. I see your point of how most romantic movies end with the guy getting the girl before she has a chance to leave. This movie reminds me of another movie I saw in which the guy left on a plane before his love made it to the airport.

  2. Man, ya gotta love satire. This sounds as though it has the makings of a good movie, so long as it pulls off a satirical perspective. Your argument as to what makes this post modern is quite sound as well.