Thirteen years ago, writer-director David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer brilliantly subverted the ‘80s summer camp movie – and Paul Rudd was arguably the best thing in it. Now, after directing Rudd in Role Models and Wanderlust, Wain returns to the cake-and-eat-it school of movie cliché subversion with a hit and miss post-modern rom com, as “not too handsome, not too Jewish” Joel (Rudd) and klutzy-but-cute candy store owner Molly (Poehler) relate the ups and downs of their relationship to another couple (Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper). Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are among those in on the joke.
VERDICT A silly title and a few misjudged sight gags aside, Wain’s po-mo rom com mostly comes together, even if it isn’t quite the skewering the perennial genre has been asking for. ★★★