They met, and it was cute... it was a classic meet-cute. Amy Poehler (ahem, GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER Amy Poehler) and Tuck Everlasting aka Paul Rudd will star opposite one another in the upcoming film They Came Together from director David Wain. Wain partnered with old friend and writing partner Michael Showalter, whom he also wrote and directed Wet Hot American Summer. Out the gate, They Came Together could be a slam dunk. Nora Ephron, god rest her soul, might not be pleased, but we sure are.
Five reasons we're excited:
1. Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd? Enough said.
Rudd and Poehler are hilarious separately and when they star in movies together, but never have they ever starred as leads opposite one another! In the trailer, released by director David Wain today, they are perfectly awkward in their faux rom-com chemistry.
2. David Wain and Michael Showalter!
The director/writer duo so generously gave us Wet Hot American Summer, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. And though it totalllly flippity flopped initially, WHAS has become the greatest cult film, like, ever. Wain has also worked on other great projects like Role Models (also starring Rudd) and the show Children's Hospital, but I think it's fair to say WHAS is his crowning glory.
In the artist's own words, They Came Together will ruminate on modern love in a way that no other film to date has done so:
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."
Showalter, who also starred in WHAS, is brilliant in his own right, and is the longtime host of The Michael Showalter Showalter.
3. The rest of the brilliant cast.
On the cast list for They Came Together: Rudd and Poehler of course, and Michael Ian Black, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Ed Helms, and Michael Shannon, JUST to name a few! So many Camp Firewood alumni!
4. There's So Much Potential
If you haven't seen this campy camp movie about the last day of the summer at Camp Firewood, please, I urge you, right your wrongs. IT'S ON NETFLIX. GO!
5. It's basically the plot of You've Got Mail.
From IMDB: "A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development." Sounds a lot like our friends Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox. WHAT'S THAT? Rudd and Pohler's characters are named Joel and Kelly, respectively?!