Swanner: This week we saw Wanderlust. It’s the new Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston movie about a couple who stumble on to a rural commune and how it changes their lives. The film is directed by David Wain (Role Models) who also wrote the screenplay with Ken Marino (Rudd’s douche bag brother, Ken, in the film). The first thing you notice about the film is it’s an R rated “adult” comedy which I knew immediately when the naked man with the very large penis came running after this couple. Oh, and I saw Jennifer Aniston take a pee on a lawn and then wipe herself with a leaf … my life is now complete.
Judd: It should also be mentioned that Wanderlust is an Apatow production and sports the best supporting cast of forgotten actors who unfortunately get too little work. Kerry Kenni (Trudy from Reno 911), Lauren Ambrose (Claire from 6 Feet Under), Michaela Watkins (SNL, The New Adventures of Old Christine), Linda Lavin (Alice), Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordon) and Jordon Peele (Mad TV). While I enjoyed Wanderlust, it’s not a great movie and it feels very appropriate for this time of year. The plotting and the scenes meandered, but what can you expect from a movie about hippies titled Wanderlust?
Swanner: The supporting cast is great. Thank goodness for Judd Apatow for forming a company that keeps these folks working. I just loved Kathryn Hahn. She’s one of those actors that make everything better because she’s in them. You also forgot to mention Malin Akerman who played Katherine Heigl’s bitch sister in 27 Dresses (one of the great films of the last decade) and Justin Theroux who is Jennifer Aniston’s real life love interest. I really thought this was a funny character driven movie.
Judd: The movie suffers from a lack of structure. If the script had been tighter, if the direction a more precise, Wanderlust would have been a Big Summer Comedy. I’m happy that I saw Wanderlust, but I wouldn’t want to pay for it, and when it’s released on video I’ll wait until it goes to the $5 bin to buy it. It’s a throwaway comedy with some very funny parts that can’t save the overall movie.
Swanner: It does suffer from too much improv. You can tell when they go off script and when the director lets scenes go too long but I still think it’s worthy of seeing in the theatre. There is no better experience then to see a laugh out loud comedy with a full audience. The great cast and Aniston urinating in public make this a best bet for the weekend. Like I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of nudity so if you’re squeamish about wieners and naked old people then this is definitely not the movie to see.
Judd: Come on now, there were plenty of boobies, too. Although tits don’t cause as much commotion as cock. Anyway, I don’t think this is worth seeing in the theatres and I recommend you save the price of a ticket and spend it on the joint you’re going to smoke when you rent the movie this summer.