How many times have you fantasized about quitting your job and running off to live in some sort of paradise? No bills or stress, just the freedom to do what your heart desires. That’s what happens to the couple in Wanderlust… sort of.
George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) stumble upon a free spirited commune after being fired from their jobs. However, they soon find out their new-found freedom comes at an unexpected price.
Paul Rudd continues to impress with his charisma and incredible comedic timing. Surprisingly, Jennifer Aniston managed to perform outside of her comfortable, boring box and delivered a fresh, funny character. For the most part, the cast did a good job with the predominantly gross-out comedy.
The writing by director David Wain (Role Models) and cast member Ken Marino to be the weak-link. They managed to generate laughs, but more often than not, the cheap humor resulted in silence from the audience.
On one hand, I laughed pretty hard during some scenes. On the other hand, a lot of the humor was contrived and obvious shock-value “comedy”. In the end, the laughs it does produce make the movie worth watching once.
Bottom Line: Enjoy this one as a rental if you want to get your money’s worth.
Runtime: 98 minutes