Kevin Costner as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in this entertaining and slickly produced dramedy from director Ivan Reitman.
It tracks one pressure-packed day in the life of Sonny Weaver Jr. (Mr. Costner) as he tries to assemble his dream team and not get fired, copes with some surprising personal news and grieves for his father. Throw in his opinionated mother and an ex-wife and you’ve got a veritable 12-hour stress test.
Even casual fans will recognize some of the famous faces, including NFL Commissioner Roger S. Goodell, Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar and Ray Lewis, all as themselves. Mike Florio, who created the website ProFootballTalk, appears, too, while Sean Combs turns up as an agent.
The production gained permission to shoot during the actual 2013 draft in New York, so the set is exactly as it appeared at the time. Mr. Costner easily makes the transition from field to front office and the solid cast also includes Jennifer Garner as the team’s salary cap manager and Sonny’s secret girlfriend, and Ellen Burstyn as Sonny’s recently widowed mother.
Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references. Extras include commentary and deleted scenes. Also, on Blu-ray: a making-of featurette and a “Welcome to Primetime” behind-the-scenes look at the NFL draft.
‘They Came Together’
Larky, witty and sometimes even wise, this spoof on every rom-com ever made is less a fully realized film than an extended skit, a series of set pieces that poke gentle and sometimes transgressively crude fun at the tropes of girl-meets-boy that have enchanted and addled audiences for generations.
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler keep “They Came Together” floating along on a cloud of barely winking humor and their characters’ shared love of “fiction books,” Q-tips and coffee. “Who are you?” they keep asking each other, amazed at the banalities they have in common.
Rated R for profanity and sexual content.
— The Washington Post
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