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Member Name: carlz2001uk
Advantages: Funny, acting decent
Disadvantages: Full of cliches about this type of culture
Being snowed in yesterday and having a ginormous pile of ironing, I decided to watch shed loads of films and do my ironing! Looking through the On Demand section of Sky Movies, I saw Wanderlust and figured it would be a nice, easy light-hearted watch.
I didn't know too much about the film, but I knew it had been a box office flop and so I was a little dubious as to how good it was going to be, but I figured that for a 'Rom-Com', Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston would be a decent combination.
The film follows George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) on their journey into the mould they think they should sit, starting with the purchase of their 'micro-loft' apartment in a trendy area of New York, which they can barely afford (or fit in its so tiny!). When George loses his job they have to move to Atlanta to move in with George's brother. George's brother is the one and only option but is an absolute plank: big headed, a typical chauvinistic pig, he revels in George and Linda's misery and they can take it no longer. In an attempt to remove themselves from the rat race for a short amount of time, they move to a commune where life is celebrated through nature and weed mostly!
What follows is a light hearted comedy that doesn't take itself seriously and easily slips into many of the clichés that we all believe about hippies. Queue lots of naked bodies, 'sharing of the love', smoking pot and hallucinating!
One thing that I didn't realise, mainly because of the vast amount of facial hair, is that the leader of the commune (a guy named Seth), is actually Justin Theroux, aka Mr Aniston. I bet they had a whale of a time filming this together and he's actually a pretty decent actor. Aniston is on form, in what has turned into an easy role for her fill. She often appears in comedies and rom-coms now, and yes she isn't going to win an Oscar, but I always find she makes me laugh and quite happily make fun of herself. I think she has stepped out of her comfort zone slightly in this film, as she does strip off and run around naked in one particular scene, which completely in context was quite amusing!
The film is fairly funny throughout and there was definitely a few laugh out loud moments for me, but the one that sticks out like a sore thumb was a particular scene with George where he is plucking up the courage to talk dirty. He starts talking in this hillbilly voice, really dragging out his words like 'dirty dawwwwg' type drawl, but he comes out with some corkers! I can't really write them on here, but I had my hands covering my face and I was screaming and laughing at the same time at one point, hilarious in a seriously cringey way! How he managed to film that particular scene I have absolutely no idea!
The film isn't anything too special, and as I said is full of clichés about this culture, but it is light hearted, funny and easy to watch. The Director of the film is the Director from Role Models. This isn't as funny as Role Models so don't watch this with any expectations of the previous film and you should be okay!
I don't usually do this, but this quote from the film pretty much sums up the whole thing for me:
Kathy: A lot of magical things have happened since you walked through those doors.
Kathy: My menstrual cycle started back up again. And I don't even have a uterus. I mean I have it... it's in a jar. It's actually in the room that you're staying in.
Summary: 4 stars