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Wanderlust- Manhattanites George (played by Paul Rudd) and Linda (played by Jennifer Aniston) find themselves in a commune called Elysium Bed and Breakfast after George looses his job. They are lured in by the drugs, free love atmosphere and free room and shelter; soon the two find themselves absolutely miserable in a hippie paradise. Wanderlust was a pitiful excuse for showing both penises and vagina’s on the Big Screen, the film is as good as its nudity with its wrinkly, old plot and storyline.
Maybe the writers of Wanderlust thought its message of ‘enjoy unemployment, enjoy the many hidden wanders of life but having a job makes your better’. Wanderlust does a successful job of shooting itself in the foot. After George looses his job and finds himself in a commune, he quickly learns that life ‘outside the box’ and inside the commune is unrealistic and miserable. Although free of cares, eating horrible food, lack of privacy and sharing way too much begin to take their toll. In the end, the couple realize that capitalism does work and that unemployed Americans should simply ‘suck it’.
Wanderlust seem to pick up where Role Models (for Paul Rudd) and Just Go with it (minus the kids with Jennifer Aniston) left off. Writer/Director, David Wain was also the mind behind the film Role Models-so, its now wonder why this film sucked. The main problem was that Rudd and Aniston had little to no onscreen chemistry and (as typical) played themselves in this lame attempt at a rom-com.
Another issue was the plot which has few people really cared about the characters George and Linda because you could guess what was coming. Lets outline it:
Cute couple lives above their means, someone is fired, they set out on a road trip, something happens, they rediscover each other- this recipe is the same recipe for every show/ conflict resolution on television. From the beginning, we all know Elysium is doomed to fail, thus, the subplots, schemes and story lines lead me to not really care about the film. All to often Rudd is thrust into filthy-mouthes roles that leave the audience both uninterested and un-entertained. Let’s face it, when the highlight of the film is a 3-minute filthy-ridden montage to get Rudd pumped up for sleeping with another woman, other than his wife-than the film has hit rock bottom.
Even the supporting cast, such as Kathryn Hahn playing the crazy-angry hippie or Allen Alda playing the over aged hippie, could not pull this film from the dump bin at Walmart. This film was an absolute was of resources, time and energy. In the end, Wanderlust is as disappointing as seeing Jennifer Aniston with her top off.
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