‘They Came Together’ does a good job of generating laughs

Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper in 'They Came Together'
Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper in ‘They Came Together’

[rating=3]Starring:  Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader, Max Greenfield, Melanie Lynskey and Kenan Thompson
Writer(s):  David Wain and Michael Showalter
Director(s):  David Wain

Anytime I look at the “specs” of a film prior to viewing and see that the running time is less than 90 minutes, unless it is a documentary, I get nervous.  While not always true, usually the shorter running time is an indicator the film will disappoint.  Fortunately for the 83 minute movie They Came Together, that wasn’t the case.

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‘The Hangover Part III’ ends franchise with a thud

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms in 'The Hangover Part III'
Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms in ‘The Hangover Part III’

[rating=1]Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin

In retrospect I don’t feel I came down hard enough on The Hangover Part II, but I won’t make that mistake this time. The Hangover Part III does do a couple things that the previous film should have, but at this point it’s much too little and far too late.

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‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ is a rare gem

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Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer
Director(s): Jay Durplass and Mark Durplass
Writer(s): Jay Durplass and Mark Durplass

Jason Segel and Ed Helms co-star in 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home'
Jason Segel and Ed Helms co-star in ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

This is the first film by the Durplass brothers that I’ve seen, something I intend to rectify quickly after watching Jeff, Who Lives at Home.   It is a wonderful film, coming oh so close to the magic that generates a four popcorn rating.

Starring Jason Segel as the titular “Jeff,” who currently resides in the basement of his mother (Susan Sarandon as “Sharon”), and Ed Helms as “Pat,” his somewhat happily married brother, Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a film set on Sharon’s birthday.

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