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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