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Is the Ideal Rom-Com Leading Man “Vaguely” Jewish?

According to new Paul Rudd/Amy Poehler spoof, yes! Read More

By / May 12, 2014

Ever wondered what happened to the campers of Wet Hot American Summer? Well, they grew up and moved to New York to meet-cute in independent bookshops and fall into fraught-but-ultimately-happy romcom relationships, duh.

So it goes in They Came Together, the new film from Wet Hot collaborators David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. It’s basically a frame-by-frame satire of every romantic comedy trope ever, from the hero’s nebbish best friend to the heroine whose only flaw is being a adorkable klutz.

Anyway, interesting tidbit: EW just posted this little teaser vid in which Poehler’s character describes “the typical romantic-comedy leading man” as “vaguely but not overtly Jewish.” (To which Bill Hader’s character responds, “You’re right! Just Jewish enough.”)

So we put it to you, dear readers! Is the ideal leading man vaguely Jewish? So far we’re thinking yes: we’re counting Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) from When Harry Met Sally, Josh (Paul Rudd) from Clueless, Peter (Jason Segel) from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera)  from Juno, Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) from Knocked Up, and Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) from 500 Days of Summer. Who have we missed?