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Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star in this laugh-out-loud comedy about leaving it all behind. After George (Rudd) loses his high-stress Manhattan job, he and his wife, Linda (Aniston), hit the road and wind up crashing at Elysium, a free-spirited community of hippies, tree-huggers and the occasional nudist. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda, Wanderlust has “more laughs than I’ve had at the movies in a very long time.” (Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer)
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The humor inherent to these Wainiac projects is one of moments and realities as opposed to sordid jokes, how uncomfortable the filmmakers can make the audience feel or irritating scatology (although there are a few moments in here, too).
What I enjoyed best about Wanderlust, however, was the nature of the relationship between the two main characters. The first third of the film had me really reflecting back on my last relationship and I loved that Wain brought in so many realistic qualities of living in the modern world (particularly the sense of harried NYC versus hippie-dippie Elysium). He really nailed certain specifics that made me both laugh AND feel that he was talking directly to me with this film.
Sure, there are parts of the script and film that miss here or there, and -- as per usual with Wain productions -- some of the actors go a little overboard at times ... but, ultimately, it's a hilarious film that stays fresh and funny throughout, with some true emotion and moments of sincerity that I think are missing from most mainstream films today, especially those claiming to be comedies for the lumpen set.
As such, it was equally refreshing that in an era where most such films -- funnily enough, usually stamped with the Apatow seal as this one is -- are about irritatingly annoying jerks who hate each other and who make you hate them even more (with the result of American Idol-watching, McDonald's eating troglodytes seem to not be able to get enough of such pablum), Wanderlust has characters who are actually endearing and who you want to see succeed; you're with them because they're ultimately good people and not just because they're played by du jour stars who you want to win despite how awful and superficial their characters may seem.
Give it a shot; you'll definitely be able to tell within a few minutes whether this movie is for you or not.
Having once shared life in a clean living macrobiotic farm community, I have personally experienced many of the scenes shown at Elysium such as natural lotus squat birthing, open group meetings with hurtful words, sneaking off to eat animal foods or sugar, and chanting in times of crisis. Hilarious portrayal of this life style and not so far off base. Really. Placentas were kept in our kitchen to be cooked or planted.
Loved the commune’s leader ( I have known the type), earthy granola ladies, ( admired many of them ) and Key and Peele. Hilarious statements throughout.
“The Benjamins” What we all do for them.
Wish there were more Elysiums, but without the portrayed drugs, vulgarity and open sex. The one I loved so many years ago had none of that. Nothing better than daily group meals and shared living tasks. It was a utopia.
“There are no rules.” Oh, yes there are. They are just different ones.
This was one of those Hollywood movies that got us thinking how, with a few tweaks and a commitment to true artistry, they could have actually ended up with something that would have something serious and lasting to impart - rather than an amusing, forgettable trifle. Imagine a version where (SPOILER ALERTS): (1) Aniston and Rudd don't get back together, and the tensions between their love and history and their desires for enriching life experiences are more seriously explored; (2) The commune's breaks with modern-day culture aren't quite so hollow and comedic; (3) The leader of the commune isn't such a one-dimensional villain but instead is a real person trying to make the best of an impossible situation; (4) The theme of how a commune can be so liberating in some ways, yet so stultifying in others, is more deeply explored.
But I'm going to give it four stars because this never pretended to be that type of movie.
PS: The title makes no sense, really. They weren't lustfully wandering. They were just two yuppies who, through a confluence of circumstances, ended up in a commune for a while.
Jen and Paul Rudd are a married couple who lose their jobs and home. They then stumble upon a Hippie village by accident in the middle of nowhere GA. Things seem perfect at first, only to find out that the grass isnt always greener. This movie had my wife and I gasping for air after the first 2 minutes. Rent it, buy it, whatever! You wont be dissapointed! I agree that some jokes are drawn out; but they appear to do so, knowingly, on purpose, and it was funny regardless.
Cliff notes: Swearing, crude humor, nudity, reefer, peyote, Jennifer Annistone, whats not to like?!