Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Movie Monday: Wanderlust

Year: 2012
Directed By: David Wein
Written By: David Wain & Ken Marino
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston

Plot Outline:

Rattled by sudden unemployment, George & Linda survey alternative living options..... ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural hippy commune where free love rules.

My Thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Aniston and I have seen every one of her movies, so I fully expected to love this and I wasn't disappointed.  I found the story sucked me in from the very beginning, I have loved Paul Rudd since his Clueless days and really enjoy him as a comedic actor - this is yet another fantastic comedy role for him. I found them very believable as a couple, and I instantly found myself caring about what happened to them - which is something that is easily achieved in a light hearted comedy where the characters tend to be quite one dimensional with little background given.
 I literally laughed out loud about 5 times during the first 10 minutes of the movie -you know the kind of laugh where you can't control how loud you are?! That's how I know a movie is genuinely funny...when its more than just a giggle and you can't actually control how loud you are laughing!
I did almost find it a little hard to relate to a couple of aspects of the story, but on the whole I found this movie a thoroughly enjoyable comedy and I thought it was a much better role for Jen Aniston than some of her other recent choices (Namely: Management, Love Happens & Just Go With It) - you can almost feel that this role is closer to her own personality and one she is able to play with much more feeling!

High Points:

The funniest part of the movie by far is the "hallucinogenic tea" scene - brilliant! There are also some very funny cringe moments played brilliantly by Paul Rudd.
Aniston & Rudd themselves are the true highlight of the movie though, I'm not sure it would have worked with any other actors in the main roles - plus I thought Jennifer looked more beautiful than I have ever seen her in this!
Michaela Watkins is also fantastic as George's very unhappy sister in law.

Low Points:

I guess, thinking about it now, there's not really a great deal of plot to the movie - the way the story plays out feels very much like the writers had just seen some comic value in the idea of writing a movie based on a hippie commune and had just quickly thrown a loose plot around the idea - but still, its funny nonetheless and if you're a fan of David Wain's other breakout hit Role Models, you'll love this too!

All in all - don't go expecting anything deep & meaningful, but if you want a laugh - give it a watch! I'd recommend to anybody who enjoys this kind of comedy or is a fan of either Paul Rudd or Jennifer Aniston.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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