Here are Birchbox, we appreciate a good rom-com. Sure, they're predictable and slightly cheesy, but so are Cheez-Its and we love those. So it's not surprising that we're extremely excited for They Came Together, a forthcoming spoof on the genre. By the team behind Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain and Michael Showalter, the movie stars the can-do-no-wrong duo Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. While the clip below already blows up the "meet cute" trope, we think there is plenty more where that came from. Here are six other rom-com clichés we hope to see parodied in the film:
Her Magazine / Architecture Firm Job
Whether it's Drew Barrymore as a high-powered architect in Fever Pitch or Jennifer Garner's editrix role in 13 Going on 30, romantic comedies have a tendency to place their female leads in one of these two romanticized professions. Not in those fields? Then our heroine definitely runs a bakery, like Meryl Streep in It's Complicated and Mandy Moore in Because I Said So.
The Kooky BFF
For every Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock, there is a Judy Greer or Krysten Ritter—the two-dimensional BFF, armed with a seemingly endless supply of quippy one-liners and (if the main character is lucky) some hard-to-hear advice. Since I spy New Girl's Max Greenfield in the They Came Together trailer, I'm hopeful he deliver his fill of giggles (and bro-advice) to Paul Rudd.
The Shining Klutz/ Grossout Moment
Where'd that wall come from!? If your rom-com stars a beautiful lead, chances are you will soon see her fall in a ditch, drop an armful of boxes, or get splashed by a yellow cab. It's hard to top Maya Rudolph's mid-street crouch in Bridesmaids, but we trust Wain and Showalter will come up with something memorable.
The Makeover Montage
Sometimes turning into a beautiful swan isn't as easy as taking off your glasses (we're looking at you, Rachel Leigh Cook) so we eagerly await a spoof of the time-tested montage of blowouts, eyebrow waxing, and a slew of other beauty treatments seen in rom-coms like Miss Congeniality and Clueless. (Check these out for more examples.)
The Moment the Guy Realizes He's in Love With His Female Best Friend
The makeover montage is, not surprisingly, usually followed by the leading man realizing how blind he was to the radiating goddess otherwise known as his female BFF. I can already see the "Whoa!" look on Paul Rudd's face.
The Public Meltdown
Just like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids and Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend's Wedding before her, we hope to see the leads of They Came Together have a very public, very uncomfortable-to-watch public meltdown, which (fingers crossed) results in a high-drama airport chase.
What moments do YOU hope they spoof? Let us know in the comments.