Wanderlust – 2012
Director David Wain
Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Åkerman, Ray Liotta, Lauren Ambrose, Kathryn Hahn, Ken Marino, Michaela Watkins, Joe Lo Truglio
Screeenplay by Wain and Marino
It’s awkward in its attempt at random. It’s occasionally funny, even more occasionally intentionally funny.The payoffs are labored. Ideas are not original, unless you take into account the order that they happen.
The acting is not entirely bad. Aniston is, incredibly, not her normal annoying self. Rudd seems as lost as his character. There are several moments where I wish the Rudd of the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and even Role Models, could just cut in and say…”I just can’t do that.”
Thoreaux, all gussied up like Mel Gibson on a bender has some consistency to his character and he presents at least some fun behind with the premise. Joe Lo Truglio, as nude writer, Wayne, and Michaela Watkins, as the sister-in-law, are perhaps the best characters in the film. You have them for maybe 15 minutes.
There is no personality behind the direction or the script. Wain and Marino have worked for Apatow before, creating the very good Role Models. It had a charm and a method that to it. This movie is just a pile of stuff. Either you won’t like it, or you will wonder why you don’t like it much.
(** out of *****)