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by Daniel Kelly

1 stars

2008’s effective sleeper hit “Role Models” was a nifty comedy with an offbeat personality. Pity then that director David Wain’s follow-up “Wanderlust” is such a turkey. The narrative follows a professional couple (portrayed by Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) from New York, who after an unfortunate financial downturn arrive at a rural commune. The place is thronged with hippy dippy types, and whilst the city slickers are initially charmed by the simpler way of life, they have to ponder if an extended stay will threaten their personal outlooks and relationship?

Paul Rudd is usually a pointed and hysterical protagonist, but in “Wanderlust” his ranting improvisations are more miss than hit, Wain struggling to focus the actor’s talents satisfactorily. Equally as underwhelming is Aniston, no stranger to bad career choices, but following her splendid turn in last summer’s “Horrible Bosses” one had anticipated the actress might be rediscovering her mojo. On the back of “Wanderlust” that was a false hope. Not only is she left floundering with bland material, the actress also struggles to even vent her dependable girl next door allure. It’s a dull performance for a dull movie.

Only Katherine Hahn (an aggressive naturalist who gets a few choice lines) and Ken Marino (Rudd’s hyper macho and belligerent sibling) make any positive impact, the rest of a large ensemble failing to make much of the scattershot and uninventive screenplay (penned by Wain and Marino incidentally). At 98 minutes “Wanderlust” is protracted to a painful extent, the premise is inherently one joke, so why the filmmakers felt that singular gag should be stretched past an hour and a half is beyond me. It’s a bust, lacking heart, charm, insight but most importantly laughs.

It tanked catastrophically at the box-office earlier this year. I’m betting Aniston and Rudd are both okay with that; the less people exposed to this dreary misfire the better.

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User Comments

11/28/13 Monday Morning Hey Daniel Kelly, lighten up you flaming asshole. Bet you liked Sophie's Choice, huh? 4 stars
9/16/13 Joe Smaltz Embarrassingly tedious painfull to watch 2 stars
11/26/12 Flipsider A decent farce, hit and miss comedy. 3 stars
3/15/12 Caroline Drake Why the title? They're drifting with the winds of fate, not acting on any wanderlust. 1 stars
3/15/12 puddleduck A complete failure...not one laugh to be had. How can Hollywood churn out such such shit? 1 stars
3/10/12 WHAT's with these "USA" comments???? If you can remember the sixties, thank god this crap wasn't there! 1 stars
3/09/12 Lenny Zane "Commune" as obnoxious as one in OUR IDIOT BROTHER but somehow portrayed sympathetically. 1 stars
3/09/12 Apollo Aniston's career has now officially "jumped the shark" 1 stars
3/08/12 Cheryl Mayfield Pretty crappy, but seeing Jennifer Aniston wiping her butt with a leaf was worth it. 2 stars
3/08/12 Priscilla Postlethwaite Would rather seen Jenifer Aniston clobber harpy who yelled"Lies!" 'fore she started talking 1 stars
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  24-Feb-2012 (R)
  DVD: 19-Jun-2012


  DVD: 19-Jun-2012

Directed by
  David Wain

Written by
  Ken Marino
  David Wain

  Jennifer Aniston
  Paul Rudd
  Malin Akerman
  Lauren Ambrose
  Justin Theroux
  Alan Alda

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