Film Review: WANDERLUST

Written and Directed by David Wain (with Ken Marino)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Lauren Ambrose, Alan Alda, Justin Theroux

Haven’t I seen this movie before? It sure seems like I have. I just haven’t seen it in 2012.

PLOT: George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an unemployed and domicilely-challenged Manhattan couple. After trying out life with George’s obnoxious brother and comatose wife (and the brother is way over the top) in Atlanta, they head for a nearby commune. No surprises here: it’s a commune we’ve seen a thousand times—free love, organic crops, flowing clothes, a charismatic leader, a trippy group indeed. First Linda is repulsed, but soon it’s George who wants out. A minor plotline about the missing deed to the place and the men about to develop it fails to raise any interest. How many times have we seen developers ruin a groovy farm.

Truthfully there is not much more to say than that. Rudd is always better than his material and I hope someday he gets the role he deserves. Aniston is still Rachel- she will  never escape FRIENDS. Alda plays the same guy he did in FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. The jokes are tepid if occasionally lewd. Nothing to hate here but nothing to seek out.

Patti
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