Our Ratings: 4/10
Do you remember when Jennifer Aniston was funny…remember on TV, with her five friends….funny, comedies? How we’d all laugh, it was all great, remember? Now, do you remember when Jennifer Aniston was funny at the cinema….no or maybe when Jennifer Aniston was in a funny film at the cinema…no? Well, Wanderlust is more of the same, not funny.
This half decent idea at the start of this film as a pair of high powered, highflying New York executive, city types (Jenifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) find themselves unable to cover the mortgage repayments on their small (yet ridiculously expensive) apartment in the West Village, when one of them loses his job. This young couple being down on their luck in the big city decide to just head elsewhere, they plan on going to Atlanta and move in with Rudd’s awful brother, by accident en route to Atlanta, our pair of city slickers find themselves in a “crazy hippy commune” it’s at this point that the film’s producers will be expecting reviewers is to say “with hilarious consequences” before rolling on the floor in fits of laughter.
What actually happens is just a series of lame and unimaginative jokes about how funny hippies and alternative lifestyles are, but hey maybe us stuck-up metropolitan types can actually LEARN something from their simple way of life.
Therefore we get an unattractive wine drinking nudist, a free lover, a creepy guru type, a 1960s acid-casualty and the old comedy classic, “oh we accidentally gave you a hallucinogenic, and now you’re tripping”.
The biggest name involved with this mess of a film is Judd Apatow, who seemed to have the comedy Midas touch a couple of years ago, with Anchorman, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (to name just three). Now Mr Apatow’s name seems to be tagged on to a movie much like an actor’s cameo appearance. Wanderlust is old-fashioned for all the wrong reasons, it’s boring and predictable rather than quaint and charming, the two leads barely make an effort with a pair of paper-thin characters and anyone who does go see this film because of their affection for Aniston or Rudd will most likely return home to the Friends box set, which at least guarantees some laughs.
Wanderlust is just a lazy comedy although it does have one (almost) redeeming feature. Usually in lame comedies all of the best jokes are forced into the trailer, edited at a frantic pace making you think that the laughs will come thick and fast. With Wanderlust there is one scene that didn’t make the trailer, but at least raised plenty of laughs in the cinema when I saw it in.
About to embark on a freelove experiment Rudd is required to give himself a pep talk which is wonderfully crude, awkward and funny. It offers a glimpse of just what this film could have been like if the writers had stayed on a cringe-worthy track rather than stay on such an oft-travelled comedy road.