Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Wanderlust’ Outtakes Are Best Part of Lame Comedy

When critics exit press screenings they’re usually asked for their opinions by studio representatives…

I dreaded having to give my take to them on WANDERLUST the other day.

All I could come up with was: "I’m speechless."

"In a good or bad way," the rep asked.

I let her guess my answer.

WANDERLUST basically tells of a New York City couple—Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston—who suddenly fall on hard times. He loses his job and she can’t sell her penguin documentary to HBO.

And they’ve just purchased a micro-loft in Manhattan.

Now overextended and totally stressed, they take a job offer from his porta-potty magnate brother in Atlanta.

Which works for about a week.

But hold on!

On their way to Atlanta, the broke couple stumble onto a hippie commune called Elysium and that’s exactly where they eventually end up.

Elysium has it all. Free Love—make that sex – nudism and hippies of all sorts and shapes.

Granted some of the early stuff in the movie is good for some laffs. Or maybe chuckles. But the laffs get more forced and far between as the story progresses. And for the film’s final half hour I felt embarrassed for the cast. Especially for Alan Alda as the old and clueless commune honcho.

All that plus whacky full frontal male and female nudity makes you wonder if producer Judd Apatow has lost his touch?

The film was originally slated for release last October, but Universal pulled the date and moved it back to this last weekend of February.

Maybe they should’ve taken it straight to video instead.
Kansas City’s Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are talented performers. They deserve better. Much better.

1-1/2 out of 5 fingers for this ‘Wunder-BUST.’

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9 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Wanderlust’ Outtakes Are Best Part of Lame Comedy

  1. Craig Glazer says:

    This Girl Has One Hit of 30
    Jen has almost no hit films, yet works three times a year for big bucks..go figure…nice girl just doesn’t pick good pix…or just isn’t right for film….

  2. JayhawkTony says:

    Again, Stick With What You Know, Glazer
    Almost no hit films? Let’s see here:
    —Office Space, while not a big money maker, is a cult classic and has sold more than 2.6 million DVDs/VHSs (cost $10 million; made $8 million)
    —Bruce Almighty, cost $81 million to make, but made more than $243 million at the box office, plus another $241 million in other sales
    —Along Came Polly, cost $42 million to make, made nearly $172 million at the box office
    —The Break-Up, cost $52 million, made $205 million at the box office and another $53 million in DVD sales
    —Marley and Me, cost $60 million, made $243 million at the box office, another $70 million in DVDs
    —He’s Just Not That In To You, cost $40 million, made $179 million
    —The Bounty Hunter, cost about $50 million; made $136 million
    —Just Go With It, cost $80 million; made $215 million
    —Horrible Bosses, cost $37 million; made $210 million

    Add ’em up—-Those 9 movies alone cost $452 million to make, but they made more than 1.975 BILLION…So, they’ve grossed more than 1.523 BILLION total or 169 million per each of those movies…

    Glazer again is showing he needs to stick to writing/commenting on things he knows—blow, prison and how to bullshit his way through life, not to mention live off his daddy’s money for most of it.

  3. Bill says:

    I believe after that post by JayhawkTony you are supposed to say, “Boom. Roasted.”

  4. Smartman says:

    Truth Hurts…..Again
    Props Jayhawks Tony! Craig assumes that we’re all delusional morons that believe everything he says and writes just because he’s the source and knows more than all of us combined. Then he either threatens to beat somebody up or says we’re not as strong or handsome or whateverthefuck as he is.

    Add in the money Jen made, and continues to make from Friends and all the endorsements she does and it’s not a bad career. Nothing like owning the NUMBER ONE COMEDY CLUB in the nation and being a co-producer of a movie based on a book that someone else wrote for you but still not bad.

  5. chuck says:

    There is that something about J. Anniston.
    She is the definition of je ne sais quoi.

    Imagine most of her movies, with anyone else in the same role, it would be hard to get your arms around the epic fail.

    I never miss any of her movies and will see this one too.

    Brad Pitt’s most recent decision, to dump 14 million dollars in a shithole at 43rd and Tracy, in an effort to acquire some Hollywood white savior cred, should work out about like his decision to dump Jenniferr Anniston for that harpy Angelina Jolie and go kidnapping children outta 3rd world garbage dumps so he can have a United Nations Family Reality Show after smoking 5 packs a day whin it finally puts him in a wheel chair.

    Jen got a pretty good script in “The Good Girl”, and as bad as the reviews were for that trash with Adam Sandler in it, I can’t quit looking and listening to her.

    Hey, she is just fuckin cool.

  6. PB says:

    Aniston Is Constant
    While my love for other female tv/movie stars comes and goes, I’ve never wavered in my admiration for Jennifer. Still good to look at, still a great comic actress, she is the constant in a culture that embraces the flavor of the month. Her movie choices have been much better than her relationship choices, but she can always call me if she gets desperate.

  7. I love Jennifer says:

    Beautiful, sexy, funny….
    What I don’t like is how that Craig guy is always chiming in on other blogger’s posts. This blog site is just weird to say the least.

  8. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz have all made millions off of phoning in one performance after another in formulaic rom com gar baj. Aniston used to take chances with her roles but is too afraid to do that anymore and has played it safe for the big paychecks for about a decade. Derailed was the lone exception, with maybe Management (head scratcher). Hudson has been stealing money from Hollywood studios since Almost Famous. Heigl got a big head and left Grey’s Anatomy, and even though she picks terrible roles she’s getting rich so maybe she’s crazy like a fox. SPJ hasn’t been in a good movie since that Mamet flick she had a part in about 15 years ago. Jury’s still out on Witherspoon but she obviously needs guidance picking her roles. Diaz can do good work (Being John Malkovich) but she’s been chasing paychecks and avoiding challenging roles for a decade too.

    Which is why Meryl Streep keeps having to do all the heavy lifting in Hollywood!

  9. Super Dave says:

    And the Stoopid Monkey Speaks Again (Sadly)
    Glazer if you were twice as smart as you are now, you’d be absolutely stupid.

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