Wanderlust (2012) starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino directed by David Wain Movie Review

Wanderlust (2012)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in Wanderlust (2012)

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George Gergenblatt (Paul Rudd) and his wife Linda (Jennifer Aniston) have just brought themselves a super small and really expensive micro loft in West Village when the FBI raids the company where George work seeing him made unemployed whilst Linda's documentary on Penguins with testicular cancer is rejected by HBO. Having had to sell at a loss they are forced to head to stay with George's annoyingly rich brother Rick (Ken Marino) but on the way there they end up coming across a hippie commune full of curious people including the charismatic Seth (Justin Theroux).

Either I am getting old or what some people think is funny is a long way off from what I think is funny because I just didn't get "Wanderlust". Actually to correct that I got what "Wanderlust" was about I didn't get the jokes. And I know I am not alone as several of my friends and a couple of other movie critics warned me that "Wanderlust" would test me as to whether I could get to the end of it.

So "Wanderlust" is actually simple because it is about a city couple who end up in a hippie commune where initially George takes to the whole letting go whilst Linda is sceptical and a bit restrained but things start to switch as Linda starts to embrace the hippie life style and the quirky characters much to George's annoyance who wants to return to the city. As I said it extremely simple to grasp what the idea is to "Wanderlust".

But then there is the humour and let me throw some scenes and bits of the movie at you. There is the scene where Linda is trying to sell her documentary about penguins with testicular cancer to HBO, does that sound funny? How about a naked man chasing a car down a track at night, fully waving as he runs? Or how about just general swearing in an angry comedy sort of way? None of the above made me laugh and nor did scenes of George becoming jealous or finding out their apartment was small or just about anything else in the movie including the completely random collection of characters we are presented with.

What this all boils down to is that "Wanderlust" was not for me and found it predominantly hard work because the humour just wasn't my sort of thing despite a cast of well known faces.