Sunday, February 26, 2012
REVIEW - Wanderlust will have you laughing your pants off
The title of this review is funny because there's a nudist in this movie...heh...anyways...
Dare I say that Jennifer Aniston is actually starting to be involved in decent movies? After years of less than mediocre chick flicks and bad romantic comedies, out come Horrible Bosses (not amazing, but still enjoyable) and now Wanderlust. This comedy had me laughing almost consistently and pretty hard, at times.
The story (without giving much away) is about a married couple (Rudd and Aniston) who buy their first place (a very small and expensive studio condo, or "micro-loft" as their realtor tries to pass it off as), end up loosing their jobs and their new place, and then deciding to move in with George's (Paul Rudd) douche bag brother while they work to get back on their feet. The long car ride to said brother's place is in part a hilarious montage of a what you'd expect from a down-on-their-luck couple's extensive road trip: highlights of singing out loud to cheesy music, arguing about what got them in this situation in first place, blaming one another, apologizing, then arguing/blaming again, more cheesy music singing...it's a bipolar and very amusing scene. The other part of their journey leads them trying to find a hotel and ending up to a the free spirit, hippie commune where the majority of the movie takes place.
The overall theme of the movie is about trying to balance doing what you need to do to get by, while still being able to enjoy life, and it does the theme justice. That "justice" at times being in the form of full frontal male and female nudity (male more so, and in hilarious fashion), some drug usage (not overly/distastefully done), and some uncomfortable free love talk...but still "justice." So if you're adverse to any of these topics, you'll probably want to steer clear of this one. However, if this movie still sounds like a good time, you'll find a there's a lot of fun to be had.
Wanderlust also has a fair amount of moments meant to be funny that end up coming off more uncomfortable and/or awkward than anything else. This aspect had a tendency to bog down a few scenes a bit, but I found the film's positives of a talented and likeable cast, good pacing (I was never board), and great comical situations/script to outweigh the negatives.
If you're still not sure if you'd like to see this film...as the hippie commune's leader Seth says to George earnestly during the film, and without the intent of innuendo: "suck on it" (think it over).