They Came Together screened as part of the 2nd Annual Chicago Film Critics Film Festival. Click here for showtimes. The film is scheduled for limited theatrical and VOD release on June 27.
What appears funny on paper may lose some of its luster when translated to the screen. This was my experience when reading the Farrelly brother’s script for their 1999 film There’s Something About Mary. The film, not without its share of yucks, reads better on paper in large part because of how situationally involved its characters are. When transposed onto actors, their internalized reactions often times strip some of the more humorous elements found in the script. Moreover, a great deal of comic directors aren’t very formally persuasive - for every intelligent comic filmmaker like Woody Allen there’s dozens of middling comic directors in a disparity ratio that seems to trump even that of more dramatically inclined filmmakers. Some films, like David Wain’s They Came Together, joins a lineage of comedy films that are all about the jokes. But, surprisingly, the film proves to be a formidable beast of subversive sophistication.Read More