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Wanderlust—movie review

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by Leonard Maltin
February 24, 2012 2:42 PM
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If you’re a fan of the comedy generated by The State and Stella’s David Wain, Ken Marino, and their performer pals, you’ll either be the perfect audience for Wanderlust or you may find the humor overly familiar. I am not a diehard fan, and I found the film mildly amusing.

Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a married couple who overextend themselves by purchasing a tiny Manhattan apartment. When they inevitably crash and burn, they’re forced to flee to Atlanta, where his successful, blowhard brother (Marino) is willing to take them in. Along the way they stumble onto a hippie-ish commune called Elysium, and come to the conclusion that this may be just what they need: a dose of tranquility and an escape from the rat race. What they don’t realize at first is just how odd and eccentric the group at Elysium really is.

Justin Theroux is persuasive and funny as Elysium’s informal leader. He’s surrounded by such expert comedy performers as Alan Alda, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joe Lo Truglio, and Kathryn Hahn. (It doesn’t hurt having beautiful Malin Akerman as a proponent of free love.) Aniston and Rudd are ideal “everyman” and “everywoman” characters caught in the grip of these genial nut-cases.

Wanderlust never soars to great comic heights, but it offers a number of laughs and chuckles. Such a modest offering may find its most appreciative audience on video, television, and on demand.

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3 Comments

  • Brian | February 26, 2012 9:44 PMReply

    I knew this was going to be a bad movie and I can sum up one reason why in two words: Jennifer Aniston. She's never good in anything (except maybe "Office Space" and "The Good Girl") and she's always bland. Plus, her movies always seem to bomb. Could it be that they're not very good?

  • Roy H. Wagner ASC | February 26, 2012 3:20 AMReply

    What a waste of talent. Old ground retread Jud Apatow almost comedy. Who would have thought that we should someday be longing for Paul Mazursky films. He truly was the master of this kind of humor. This movie is like sitting in a room with a group of pre-teens spewing "poo poo, pee pee" humor. Doesn't Jennifer Aniston or any stars demand more attention to the way they look on screen?

  • jane Palmer | February 25, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    This is the worst movie I have seen in the past two years. I invited a friend to go with me to view Wanderlust and we were assaulted with every vulgar/curse word used ordinarily by teens. On a scale of 0-5, I would give
    this movie a -0. I'm surprised at Jennifer Annistan for being in this low-grade movie. I'm not
    a prude by any means, but it is an insult to any ones intelligence.

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