Directed by: David Wain
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5
Loved up couple George and Linda (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston reuniting for the first time since The Object of My Affection) are forced to let their yuppie dreams slide after George looses his high paying job, and Linda’s latest documentary on penguins with testicular cancer fails to sell to HBO. Unable to afford the mortgage on their newly purchased micro-loft (aka an exorbitantly priced NYC shoebox) the couple pack up their life, and move to Atlanta to live with George’s insufferable brother Rick (co-writer Ken Marino).
But living in the mansion built off Rick’s port-a-loo fortune with his sedated, alcoholic trophy wife (Michaela Watkins in good form) proves too much and the couple decide to move to Elysium; a commune, or ‘incidental community’ they have chanced upon in the nearby woodlands. Owned by Alan Alda, Elysium is home to a raft of characters including the charismatic alpha hippy Seth (Justin Theroux), the new age Jesus look-alike who takes a shine to Linda. This is the movie where the newly engaged couple met, so it’s curious to see how the real life chemistry translates on film.
Good fish out of water jokes are turned great by an excellent cast including Jo Lo Truglio as a nudist wine-maker/struggling novelist, and Kathryn Hahn as an aggressive ex-porn star who has found mother earth. The comedy gold lies in those moments where the cast have been left to just run with it. Laugh too loud and risk missing out on the next barb: they fly back and forth at an incredible speed for an assembly who pries the mean green as a key aspect of their lives.
Wanderlust is available on DVD now DVD RRP$34.95 and Blu-Ray RRP$39.95.
Category: Film & TV