Film Review: ‘Wanderlust’

Hollywood release this Friday, “Wanderlust” starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston  is a comedy of  life which shows people enjoying life as if there is no tomorrow and living it an uninhibited way. In other words it is about seeking pure fun without any guilt.

The movie begins with a display of  naked body parts  when George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) find themselves in a free-love commune. Story has money lose ends which sometimes confuse the viewers but the raunchiness and rawness in the movie keeps them hooked. Jokes in the movie may be stale but they are served well by the filmmaker.

Everything seems smooth in the couple’s life till they lose their jobs. They decide to hit the road to Atlanta where they expect to find a job with George’s brother (Marino). The environment in Atlanta is not so friendly so they decide to return to Elysium, a place which is a true hippie’s last resort.

What follows after their arrival to Elysium is quite entertaining. In almost ‘ perfect’  environment of Elysium Aniston and Rudd rediscover themselves. Rudd and Aniston look natural and effortless in their roles. Jennifer Aniston’s performance needs a special mention as she makes an unbelievable character sound believable and credible.

Directed by Wain movie ‘Wanderlust’ is a celebration of insanity and purity rolled into one.  The director seems comfortable with things he puts on display. He has managed to infuse the same confidence and comfort in all the characters which introduces on screen. Be it the lead pair of Linda and George or minor characters dotting the movie canvass they all seem to function and perform as a cohesive unit. This cohesion in the movie is the only reason why  ‘Wanderlust’ becomes believable and watchable.

One thought on “Film Review: ‘Wanderlust’”

  1. Good write-up. Wanderlust is pretty uneven but there were actually many moments where I couldn’t stop but laugh at mainly because of this great cast. Let me also not forget to mention the one scene where it’s just Paul Rudd improving for about 3 minutes all by himself. That was definitely worth the price of admission. Check out my review when you get the chance.

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