Judd Apatow cranks out another raunchy fish out of water film in the comedy Wanderlust. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play a couple from Manhattan who lose their jobs and while traveling to a family member’s house in Georgia stop at a Bed and Breakfast which is actually a commune. Alan Alda plays a man who owns the land where the commune is located and the couple decides to stay even though there is no privacy, they have to live off the land and have to share everything, even spouses. I’m still not sure why Jennifer Aniston would take this role. The story is uninteresting and it’s about 100 kernels of popcorn from one funny scene to the next. (That is about 10 minutes of eating for me) Some of those scenes included drugs, crude dioluge and worst of all nudity by mostly old people. (Another one of those blindness is a blessing scene) Without any ongoing comedy it needs to rely on the story and there isn’t any real character development. Without that the audience doesn’t care about the characters and that is what the film is striving to do. If it wasn’t going to be a feel good movie which it kind of hinted at it needed to be a flat out comedy. It was kind of nostalgic listening to Linda Lavin from the old “Alice” television show in the 80’s plays a real estate agent who talks about doing some interesting things to her blind husband. (Now if Jennifer Aniston was my wife, well—) I expected much, much more from this film and I’m giving it a C- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.