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Paul Rudd and Jennifer Anistonstar in Wanderlust
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in Wanderlust
This hippy commune ‘comedy’, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Judd Apatow regular Paul Rudd, is less funny than watching a penguin die from testicular cancer. Which, as it happens, is the subject of a documentary New York filmmaker Linda (Aniston) fails to pitch to HBO. Coincidentally, her husband George (Rudd) has just been fired from his Wall Street job, so – after a brief, disastrous sojourn at the tasteless Georgia mansion owned by George’s boorish brother Rick (Ken Marino) – they go ‘off the grid’ at Elysium, a free love ‘intentional community’ founded back in 1971 by now-addled Carvin (Alan Alda).Director and co-writer David Wain (‘Role Models’) desperately try to milk the ‘fish out of water’ clash between urban hip and hippy-dippy counter-culture, as the New York couple experiment with veganism, nudism, hallucinogenic tea and, most problematically, free love. Linda is seduced by resident alpha male Seth (Justin Theroux), George resists the wholesome charms of Eva (Malin Akerman). You know you’re in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.

By: Nigel Floyd


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 2 2012
Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Wain
Cast: Paul Rudd
Jennifer Aniston
Malin Akerman

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This film was absolutely tedious to watch and full of excruciating stereotypes. So much inane nonsense about smug 'normal' 'trendy' New Yorkers moving in with crazy, 'way out' hippies. Trite and tripe. Just pure stupidity.


Watched this last night with the missus. We both laughed quite a lot. The film certainly dragged in places and the dialogue wasn't as witty as something like 40 Year Old Virgin - but we laughed and I've definitely watched far worse comedies than this. Aniston is hot. She's not the world's best actress but I love her so much I'd watch her do anything - even go to the toilet. 2.5 out of 5 (but I'll round up).


Every time I go to see a "comedy" with Jennifer Aniston I say never again. This time I mean it. The film is as dire as the review says. Every cliche is hit such as the fat obnoxious brother, to the many commune character cliches and when a plot is really needed we get purile nob gags and far too much smut.The story per se is totally predictable and the ending is rushed as if they have finally run out of ideas.. I disagree with Scrumpy as it is worth no more than 3 maybe 4 out of 10. I wouldn't want to see it with my parents to see it nor take a woman on a date to see it either.


More humourless main stream hating from T.O.....I totally enjoyed it (bar a slightly TOO frantic ending) and so will millions who are blissfully unaware of such po faced snobbery from NF....and wouldn't care if they were! 7/10