Wanderlust

Wanderlust

George and Linda are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things ... Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves? 2.4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
Wanderlust

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Certificate
Genre Comedy
Director David Wain
Cast Paul Rudd, Malin Åkerman, Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date March 2012
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George and Linda are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things ... Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?

Reviews

The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

The director also seems to have found a new comfort zone. Wain has always brought a kind of zany sensibility to his films, but he has never seemed more confident coloring outside the lines. Not all of the risks he takes pay off but enough work to make "Wanderlust" a trip worth taking.

24/02/2012

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Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

The new-age gags get old quick, but director Wain and a competent cast keep the jokes coming – Rudd stealing the show with some excruciating dirty talk that would give The Hangover boys a run for their money.

27/02/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

There's a great deal of cheerfully excessive bad taste in this broad comedy.

01/03/2012

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

Linda and George don’t burn with the yearning to travel that the title suggests, yet like other Americans seeking simplicity and maybe a chicken coop out back, they want off the road, at least for a while. There’s something touching about this desire, though Mr. Wain doesn’t let Linda and George fly their freak flags for long. This seems less of a fear of a vegan planet and more a question of boys being boys.

23/02/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Milks the comedy of the yoghurt-nurturing alternative lifestyle for all its worth. The supporting cast are crafted out of tie-dye and crocheted hemp and many of the lines are savagely funny. But as the film progresses, the momentum slows and you start to wish that writer Ken Marino and writer-director David Wain would step away from the easy target of Elysium’s “Intentional Community” and concentrate on developing the story.

02/03/2012

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Total Film

Neil Smith

After the flak they took in Martha Marcy May Marlene, it’s nice to see at least one film give cults the benefit of the doubt.

28/02/2012

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Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Free love, at least one nudist, and an alarming lack of privacy are amongst the predictable plot points in this strained comedy.

26/02/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Too often it’s basically just improvising on the spot, and we’re never wholly fooled into thinking it’s going anywhere. Justin Theroux is playing a device, not a person, as the sharkish alpha male who abruptly decides to screw everyone over. Still, it’s the rare instance where the amount of fun they clearly had on set crosses that elusive membrane into the movie, giving us the steadiest stream of laughs since Bridesmaids.

01/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

A better than average gig for its female star, Jennifer Aniston, but only par for the course for its male lead, Paul Rudd.

04/03/2012

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The New Yorker

David Denby

As broad and obvious as Wanderlust is, it’s often very funny.

05/03/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The longer it goes on the less enjoyable it becomes, with the counterpoint of spiritual fulfilment versus materialistic emptiness lost beneath an increasingly shrill and fatuous plot.

02/03/2012

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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

Wanderlust is no more than a broad sitcom in one episode, played for laughs that don’t always come, even when elderly nudists are running around showing just how wobbly the human body can be.

02/03/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It's not a bad fish-out-of-water premise, even if it could have been written 30 years ago, but the film spends so much time in Manhattan and Atlanta that most of the Elysium scenes are squeezed into a montage, and an awfully predictable montage at that.

04/03/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

he film is a humourless embarrassment, the cliche situations and flat dialogue decorated but not embellished by the envelope-pushing obscenity traditionally associated with its producer Judd Apatow.

04/03/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

There is indeed a happy ending, but only because it arrives just before one has caused oneself incurable brain damage by banging one’s head on the seat in front in frustration at the wasted opportunities and pathetic attempts to please the lowest common denominator of American teenager.

02/03/2012

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Time Out

Nigel Floyd

Less funny than watching a penguin die from testicular cancer. Which, as it happens, is the subject of a documentary New York filmmaker Linda fails to pitch to HBO.

28/02/2012

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