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Wanderlust (DVD)

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Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman, Ray Liotta, Justin Theroux ... / DVD released 2012-06-25 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      24.10.2013 09:55

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      Watchable, but barely

      This movie is rated 15 and the stars are Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd, run time is 99 minutes. This was produced in 2011 by Judd apatow and is a comedy.

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      Manhattan couple (Paul and Jennifer) get in touch with their hippy side when the leave the rat race of New York and swap it for a commune in rural Georgia. The couple are basically at a loss with their jobs and their life and are trying to find their way.

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      The film is watchable and I am a fan of both the main actors in the movie and of the comedy genre in general. Although something about this movie falls short. I found myself interested enough to watch it to the end but only really to see if it got any better to be honest. Although the film made me smile at times, I didn't once laugh at any of the rather poor attempts at humour and was a bit disappointed at the obvious ending. Only good thing really is that it wasn't too long a movie!

      I wouldn't watch this again, don't bother buying it, just watch it if it comes on TV and there is nothing else on.

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      23.01.2013 08:40
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      4 stars

      Being snowed in yesterday and having a ginormous pile of ironing, I decided to watch shed loads of films and do my ironing! Looking through the On Demand section of Sky Movies, I saw Wanderlust and figured it would be a nice, easy light-hearted watch.

      I didn't know too much about the film, but I knew it had been a box office flop and so I was a little dubious as to how good it was going to be, but I figured that for a 'Rom-Com', Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston would be a decent combination.

      The film follows George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) on their journey into the mould they think they should sit, starting with the purchase of their 'micro-loft' apartment in a trendy area of New York, which they can barely afford (or fit in its so tiny!). When George loses his job they have to move to Atlanta to move in with George's brother. George's brother is the one and only option but is an absolute plank: big headed, a typical chauvinistic pig, he revels in George and Linda's misery and they can take it no longer. In an attempt to remove themselves from the rat race for a short amount of time, they move to a commune where life is celebrated through nature and weed mostly!

      What follows is a light hearted comedy that doesn't take itself seriously and easily slips into many of the clichés that we all believe about hippies. Queue lots of naked bodies, 'sharing of the love', smoking pot and hallucinating!

      One thing that I didn't realise, mainly because of the vast amount of facial hair, is that the leader of the commune (a guy named Seth), is actually Justin Theroux, aka Mr Aniston. I bet they had a whale of a time filming this together and he's actually a pretty decent actor. Aniston is on form, in what has turned into an easy role for her fill. She often appears in comedies and rom-coms now, and yes she isn't going to win an Oscar, but I always find she makes me laugh and quite happily make fun of herself. I think she has stepped out of her comfort zone slightly in this film, as she does strip off and run around naked in one particular scene, which completely in context was quite amusing!

      The film is fairly funny throughout and there was definitely a few laugh out loud moments for me, but the one that sticks out like a sore thumb was a particular scene with George where he is plucking up the courage to talk dirty. He starts talking in this hillbilly voice, really dragging out his words like 'dirty dawwwwg' type drawl, but he comes out with some corkers! I can't really write them on here, but I had my hands covering my face and I was screaming and laughing at the same time at one point, hilarious in a seriously cringey way! How he managed to film that particular scene I have absolutely no idea!

      The film isn't anything too special, and as I said is full of clichés about this culture, but it is light hearted, funny and easy to watch. The Director of the film is the Director from Role Models. This isn't as funny as Role Models so don't watch this with any expectations of the previous film and you should be okay!

      I don't usually do this, but this quote from the film pretty much sums up the whole thing for me:

      Kathy: A lot of magical things have happened since you walked through those doors.

      Karen: Amen.

      Kathy: My menstrual cycle started back up again. And I don't even have a uterus. I mean I have it... it's in a jar. It's actually in the room that you're staying in.

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        23.06.2012 14:26
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        Wanderlust - Judd Appatow produced and starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

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        Funny comedies seem few and far between at the moment. I can count the number of films that I have laughed out loud to (what the kids call LOL) on one hand since Bridesmaids and so any sort of comedy release is met with a child like optimism.

        Produced by Judd Appatow and staring Paul Rudd, Jenifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and Alan Alda, the signs were very good for this film. Indeed, it starts well as a humorous satire on American society but then descends into a mediocre, far fetched romp set in a hippy commune full of eccentrics and oddballs testing the boundaries of believability.

        I wanted to like this film and in truth there are some genuinely funny lines and a few laugh out loud moments. It's a fun and novel idea for a light rom-com movie - professional couple George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) leave New York with nothing to show for their life's work but a car filled with boxes, try the hippy life and encounter a plethora of odd ball characters with supposed hilarious consequences. Some jokes work superbly as you would expect from an Appatow (He of The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Superbad" to name but a few) and had the cinema, including me, guffawing with laughter but these jokes were few and far between, and sometimes way too long to set up which meant long periods of watching Anniston, Theroux and Alda ham it up under the disappointing direction of David Wain (Role Models 2008).

        The jokes can be a bit 'potty mouth' in places which might be a problem for some but with Appatow involved this should be expected. The amount of full frontal nudity wasn't expected and after a little while it became too repetitive. Rudd turns in another fine performance, playing the stressed George with aplomb. Normally a fan of Aniston, I was a little disappointed with her performance and although she definitely tried, her role of Linda failed to impress which I will put down to the less than impressive, direction-less direction of Wain. This is not Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston's first time of working together; they both co-starred together in 18 episodes of the sitcom "Friends" and the chemistry was satisfactory enough but let down by a poor supporting cast making it a hard to believe comedy.

        An interesting plot that to me was a wasted opportunity, there are just enough funny jokes and scenes that make this film watchable but it doesn't cut it as a truly memorable or funny film. The script seemed a little lazy at times as did some of the character portrayals, but this isn't the worst comedy film you'll see by a country mile. A likeable enough film, but not one that is going to stand out in your memory.
        Funzometer 6/10

        "Wanderlust", Rated "R" for Adult Situations, Profanity, Adult Humor, Sexual Dialog, Graphic Nudity & Mild Violence. Running Time: 1hr&38mns.

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