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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)
In the culture-clash comedy Wanderlust, hard-core New Yorkers George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) lose their jobs and sadly head to Atlanta to live with George's obnoxious brother. When they chance upon a rural commune called Elysium, dedicated to nudism, veganism, and free love, the frustrated couple decide to dive in… only to discover that changing themselves isn't as easy as changing their home. Though predictable in its broad strokes (there's not much doubt about how George and Linda or the commune itself will end up), Wanderlust is crammed with unexpected moments and delightful character bits, especially from the supporting cast. George's brother (Ken Marino, who also cowrote the script) and his wife (Michaela Watkins) are a scathing portrait in suburban misery; a realtor (Linda Lavin) blithely discusses her sex life with her clients; and all the commune residents have their individual moments of madness. When Rudd tries to psych himself up for free love by talking dirty to himself in a mirror, it's excruciatingly funny. Director-cowriter David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) has carved out a niche where formulaic plots get invigorated by sneaky gags and small roles you want to know more about (the snide TV executive who turned down Linda's bleak documentary; what's she like at lunch?). It makes you wonder what would happen if Wain came up with a story as surprising as his characters; but in the meantime, there are plenty of pleasures in Wanderlust. --Bret Fetzer
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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.
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.
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?!
It stars many major actors and is simply hilarious. The blu-ray quality is great, as you'd expect. I do not recommend this for children as there is male and female nudity.
A plot summary is: "After George is downsized from his financial firm and Linda's depressing documentary is cancelled, they can no longer afford their overpriced 'micro-loft' in New York. They find themselves with just one option - to pack up their lives and head south to move in with George's brother and his wife. George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community where the only rule is to be yourself." (Universal Pictures, IMDB)
Overall it was a very funny and enjoyable movie.
I got a few laughs from the main couple,and smiled at the antics of the commune. But the only time i really laughed out loud was when Alan Alda was on-screen,particularly the Business card gag and the Diner scene. Made me wish MASH was Still on the air,in season 42 or so. Anyway,if you get a rainy day and want to watch something new,you can probably watch this and enjoy it. At least its not a chore,or about vampires,or a remake.