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Wanderlust (2012)
March 16, 2012, 6:47 pm
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Director: David Wain

It was far from certain that David Wain, the alt-comedy maverick behind such cult interests as “Stella” and Wet Hot American Summer, could make the transition to traditional studio filmmaking. While Role Models and his latest, Wanderlust, didn’t necessarily leave a major impact on the box office, he has proven his ability to produce satisfying, star-driven comedies without wholly compromising his admittedly outlandish sensibilities. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as a struggling New York couple who, out-of-work, take shelter in a hippie commune in northern Georgia. Although the script, penned by Wain and long-time collaborator Ken Marino, doesn’t commit quite enough to make any provocative observations about the failings of the American dream in the middle of an economic crisis, it provides a consistency in the humor, affording each of the talented supporting players a scene or two to shine with the leads. Sometimes Wain’s extremes get in the way of his own ethos – the biggest laughs in the film involve Rudd’s utter incompetence in attempting to seduce the alluring Malin Akerman, however they come at the expense of sensitively depicting the character’s wistful anxieties. Nonetheless, if not quite as endearing as Role Models, Wain’s latest offers the expected volume of laughs.

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