Darlin', we shall shit in the woods!
If there is a movie out there that 1. was a flop at the box office 2. didn't get great reviews 3. stars Jennifer Aniston, I'm probably not going to see it. But if there is a movie out there that while happened to be a flop, didn't get greatest reviews and has Lauren Ambrose you bet your ass I'm going to see it. I loved her in Six Feet Under and she is one of my favorite redheads and actresses that still wait for their big break and truly deserve it. She appeared in a number of tiny indie movies that are hard to find, but each time seeing those was worth it because she was in it. Wanderlust is one of such films, that is worth seeing it. Because it's neither really indie and definetly not subtle.
The film follows married couple of New Yorkers - George and Linda (played by Paul Rudd and Aniston) who recently purchased a "micro loft" which is apparently college talk for tiny, narrow shithole of an apartment. After Linda's documentary about penguins with testicular cancer doesn't get picked up by HBO (not surprising since there is no nudity and no "sexy" violence) and George's company goes under, the two find themselves with a necessity to leave big city and seek help from George's douchebag brother. On their way they stay at B&B called Elysium which is also the home of hippies who believe in freedom, nature and free love. The two leave and after spending some time in crazy town that is George's brother house they decide to relocate to Elysium and join the commune.
Aniston isn't exactly a star magnet though she is, ironically, part of two reasons why the film was anticipated and now is being watched. First one is, from what I read at least, the fact that she and the creators teased people about her being naked in it. She is not, which apparently was enough for people not to see it. I can see that happening with Charlize Theron or Angelina, but really? Aniston's tits are supposed to be a magnet? Another reason is that finally she got engaged and to Justin Theroux, whom she met during the production of this film. I'm saying finally because at least now she won't be the synonymous for the word "sad". Think about it - you're married to Brad Pitt and he dumps you for Jolie. That's just awful.
Make no mistake - this film is yet another in the endless list of crude comedies. I'm not sure what started this? American Pie? Or was it the Farrelly Brothers? Anyways Judd Apatow raised it to new level and now it's almost obligatory that in every single comedy you have 1. weed (check!) 2.gross sex scenes (almost check, as we have gross sex talk here) 3. some sort of jokes connected to shit (check!) 4. penis that belongs to ,I'm going to be nice here, not very attractive guy (check!). Fortunately, I wasn't embarrassed all the time because the jokes didn't work - most of them did work. And while they weren't particularly clever, they made for entertaining comedy.
Plot: After George is downsized from his financial firm and Linda's depressing documentary is cancelled, they can no longer afford their overpriced 'micro-loft' in New York. They find themselves with just one option - to pack up their lives and head south to move in with George's brother and his wife. George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community where the only rule is to be yourself.
Director: David Wain
Writers: David Wain, Ken Marino