Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wanderlust - 3 stars

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play a professional couple in New York. They both lose their jobs and their home and they are heading to Rudd's brother's house in Georgia to live with him. On they way, they come across a hippie commune. They think it's just a bed and breakfast and they stay the night. They quickly learn about the lifestyle, and they both decide to stay there a while and try it out.

It's a little hard to believe that they would be so open to this. The movie should have done a little more to establish how fed up they were with city life. The movie also doesn't go into too many details about life at the commune. Where does the money come from to keep the place going? Property taxes? Food? Supplies?

The house does not have any doors. They believe doors close people off. So they have to adjust to things like going to the bathroom and anyone just walking in at any time. They are also open about sexuality. They don't believe in monogamy. But this is only used as a device to cause conflict in Rudd and Aniston's marriage. We never see or hear about anyone else in the commune sleeping with anyone else. There seems to be only one other couple at the house, and we never hear anything about them sleeping with other people.

There is one guy who is a nudist. He supplies all of the nudity in this film. There is a skinnydipping scene, and I don't think I've ever seen a skinnydipping scene with less nudity. There is also a nude scene where Jennifer Aniston takes her top off. This was in the news months ago, but Aniston petitioned the filmmakers to cut that scene out. So now the scene is there, but the nudity is pixelated out - we see the scene shown later on the news.

There are some funny things in the movie and I laughed just enough to recommend it. But just barely. When it wasn't funny, I found I wasn't too involved in the story. I seemed too contrived and I didn't believe it. This is a very forgettable movie.

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