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Movie Review: Wanderlust

This movie came out of left field for me, the trailers left me shrugging, the commercials were no better. I was happily surprised though and this film had me laughing hard all the way through pretty much. The film follows George(Paul Rudd) and Linda(Jennifer Aniston) a very happily married couple, who after losing jobs/projects and their “micro-loft” in New York, find themselves on the road and stumble upon a hippie commune. The laid back and stress free lifestyle appeals to them and they stick around. Even though they enjoy themselves the commune creates serious stress between the couple.

The film might not sound very deep plot wise, that’s not really the point, the comedy flows from the characters and it works pretty much across the board. It never really harps on making fun of the hippies too much. They never seem stupid or way over the top. The comedy comes mainly from Rudd and Aniston’s responses to everything happening around them. The leads are what works here, I really loved these two as a couple and found it very believable. One special moment is a montage of the two on a road trip that will come off maybe too real for some. Another fun piece of the film is that a weaker film would have had Aniston being the uptight wife and Rudd playing the laid back cool guy, it doesn’t really play out like that which is very refreshing.

The film does have some rough patches, a side plot involving a casino trying to purchase the land the commune occupies doesn’t seem to fit. The film also doesn’t end strong with a fake news piece, for me these never work in comedies, yet they keep using them. Still these are minor issues, over all the film is very funny and doesn’t play into the normal comedy set pieces. A high light is Malin Ackerman who shows up as a free loving hippie and talks Rudd into believing that no string attached sex is the way to go. I’m pretty sure she could talk anyone into that frankly.

Wanderlust is a short(about 90 minutes long) fun comedy. The strength comes from the cast who just all come together strong. Rudd has many ad libs that will have you rolling on the floor, I look forward to the DVD where I’m sure there will be hours more of that from him. Very fun and frankly pretty smart, it never acts like the audience is too dumb and never plays things like your average comedy, a very groovy time over all.

Rating: 7.5/10

Movie review: Just Go With It

The title JUST GO WITH IT is interesting since the movie is basically saying this to you as it steals your cash. As if it knows it’s screen play doesn’t exist and the actors are only going to half try. Anyway I’ll start with how confused I am by Adam Sandler and his movie choices. He will be in a hilarious and almost brilliant film like The Wedding Singer, Anger Management and Happy Gilmore. Then he can be serious and down right subtle in Punch Drunk Love and Funny People. In between these films though he will star in horrible unfunny pieces of trash. Sadly Just Go With It is in the second category. Sandler plays Danny a middle aged plastic surgeon who after having a horrible wedding day twenty years back, uses that wedding ring he got to nail chicks in bars. Then one day meeting a girl ┬ánamed Palmer played by Brooklyn Decker he actually decides not to do his usually schtick. Problem is she finds the ring anyway, so instead of telling the truth he makes up a fake family. He uses his assistant Katherine, played by Jennifer Anistion to play his ex-wife and uses her kids to fake that they are his kids. They do all of this just so he can get laid by Brooklyn Decker…. Right.

The problems with this movie are almost over whelming so I will just target a couple of them. First the movie is just not funny. The film uses over the top gags to try and create laughs. The only reason Danny is a plastic surgeon is so they could have a woman come in with a high eye brow, another woman with a flat implant… All these jokes are not connected to the story just goofy side bits. Also a side character humps a sheep back to life… Yes… I won’t even explain why this happens. Most of the actual jokes fall flat and then the rest is Sandler doing his usual gags which just don’t work here. Another issue I had with the film is that sixty percent of the film is set in Hawaii. I hate when “comedies” just set films in these beautiful locations only because you know the cast just wanted to hang out there while filming. The only time this has ever worked was the amazing Forgetting Sarah Marshal. Actually now bringing this film up, all this movie does is try to rip that film off. The style and way the film is edited is very much like Marshal, but instead of laughing you just stare at the screening asking yourself why you’re there.

Now to defend this movie is that the actors involve try to make it work. Aniston is the best, she is very charming and funny that you try and love her but the script just fails her and us the audience over and over. Brooklyn Decker’s first time on screen isn’t bad, she works here, sadly though she was made into “eye candy” too easily. Her character is too paper thin and the film just gives up and struts here around in a bikini as if waving the white flag the director said “I give up just show her half naked a lot”. Nick Swardson, who is generally funny but was given a horrible character who forces himself into a Hawaii trip for really no reason. It’s as if the movie even just shrugged it’s shoulder and said “Just go with it…. Who cares?”. Well I don’t care. These comedies that half try are the worst. I’m sure this movie will make buckets of cash which is fine but it really doesn’t deserve it. The best part is the ironic title. Avoid this film at all costs and if you must see it, wait for DVD so you can stop it whenever you like or fast forward through some of the cringe worthy “comedy” bits.

Rating: 1.5/10