Wanderlust

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 66 out of 132
  2. Negative: 21 out of 132

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  1. Jul 24, 2015
    6
    A perfectly watchable, convenience-ridden romp with very strong comedic work from both Rudd and Aniston. It may not be David Wain's finest comedic triumph, but it delivers some solid laughs.
  2. Feb 3, 2013
    4
    Wanderlust is a film with no meaning. It is a film that has 1 or 2 scenes of true satire and the rest is a bunch of hippies running around naked smoking pot. Too dumb to even laugh at sometimes.
  3. Jul 9, 2013
    6
    A funny film, but not as funny as David Wain's previous film Role Models. Paul Rudd continues to show a very funny on screen presence and he alone gives this film a mild recommendation.
  4. Mar 8, 2016
    5
    I thought that Wanderlust had a pretty interesting premise for a comedy movie and Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are both pretty interesting names when it comes to comedy. It just isn't nearly as funny as it should be. There are even some points in this movie feel like behind the scenes bloopers. The cast is full of several notable names in the supporting cast. I liked the look of JustinI thought that Wanderlust had a pretty interesting premise for a comedy movie and Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are both pretty interesting names when it comes to comedy. It just isn't nearly as funny as it should be. There are even some points in this movie feel like behind the scenes bloopers. The cast is full of several notable names in the supporting cast. I liked the look of Justin Theroux's character and he did have a few funny moments but he was not nearly as funny as he could have been. The conflict in this movie is a little too major for the resolution as well. It feels a but like the ending was a little convenient. Expand
  5. j30
    Apr 29, 2012
    6
    David Wain's Wanderlust has a lot of flaws, but it also has a lot of laughs.
  6. Jul 16, 2012
    5
    While occasionally funny, it sometimes isn't very believable. The script is organized until the final 25 minutes of the movie. At that point the script is completely out of hand.
  7. Dec 18, 2012
    5
    I personally liked this. I enjoy Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd and they carry the film nicely. The commune bits were cliched, but the supporting cast has a lot of fun in their roles, making those moments and the film as a whole a very entertaining experience. You'll see a lot of dick, but overall this is a good comedy that is funny throughout.
  8. Mar 25, 2012
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Seated at a table in the wee hours of some Las Vegas casino coffee shop, David Howard bemoans the fact that his wife has just lost their "nest egg", comparing the situation to a Twilight Zone episode, a hypothetical one where Linda gambles away their life savings on 22, the number she bets compulsively on at the roulette wheel. Now their life is really like Easy Rider, Winnebago notwithstanding, because the yuppies are flat broke. The once-consummate power couple, who dropped out of society to find themselves, can't find any hippies, let alone, a commune, in Lost in America, but instead, resides at a trailer park inhabited by aging pensioners. Linda informs David that while combing Safford Court, she discovered a "sweet little creek" at road's end, and if it was 1967(and not 1986), that creek would have been teeming with skinny-dipping "flower children", and as for the "garden three doors down", nothing stronger than carrots, nothing with medicinal or recreational purposes, probably rules that patch, as David overhears an elderly gent outside their trailer home worrying about the sight in his right eye. In vain, Linda tries to play the part of the free spirit, but the husband, better than his wife, realizes that their time to be bohemians has passed. Ironically, the only Easy Rider fan that they encounter is an antithetical one; a motorcycle cop. Loosely folowing the template laid down by the Albert Brooks film, George and Linda, in Wanderlust, go underground, but their foray into oblivion isn't premeditated as was the Howards. Like The Twlight Zone, the NYC couple's excursion into uncharted territory occurs through the luck of sheer happenstance, when the weary travelers, en route to Atlanta where George's obnoxious brother lives(due to the double whammy of HBO passing on Linda's penguin snuff film and the feds raiding the office that employed her husband), stop at a bed and breakfast which turns out to be a hippie commune. Movie references abound at Elysium, in particular, "Together", the 2000 Swedish film about a likeminded collective, with the main difference being the time appropriateness of such a utopia, just barely though, since the film takes place in Stockholm circa 1975, a transitional period for most idealists, stateside, that is, but David, to his great consternation, missed out on the counterculture, whining to his boss, "I used to make fun of my friends in college who went out to find themselves," choosing instead the business route. Eight years later, eight lost years, in David's estimation, would place his hiring at the company he's just been fired from, around the mid-seventies. Easy Rider(1969), the film that inspires David's male menopausal-inspired journey, perhaps, made its trans-Atlantic debut late, hitting the Swedish moviehouse circuit at a time when the rebel film about resisting authority had already gestated in the minds of many young Americans, who were by that time, embracing free enterprise, not free love. Unlike the Howards, George and Linda can't afford a $450,000 house; they can't even afford to make the payments on a recently purchased micro-loft, which is commentary in itself, through the juxtaposition of the booming eighties with our current recessionary times. Wanderlust is a luxury for the Howards; for George and Linda, wanderlust is a matter of survival. As if mirroring their accidental lives, the car overturns, putting the stranded couple in contact with Kathy, the desk clerk, who knows how to say, "Good evening," in Swedish, and makes a dated Beatles joke in relation to George's name("...where're John, Paul and Ringo?"), thereby creating an estrangement effect, in which not only time gets manipulated, but moreover, place, since this direct reference to the Lukas Moodyson film transforms the commune(alluded to as an "intentional community" beforehand) into an intentional Sweden. Despite the lack of a theoretical framework that explicitly spells out the political rhetoric of this nonconformist society, it's not hard to image a celebration breaking out when Ronald Reagan died, similar to the one in Together, when Goran, Tillsammans founder, learns about Francisco Franco's passing over the radio, setting off pandemonium in the tiny household after he relays the good news. After all, Reagan once was quoted as saying that "fascism was really the basis for the new deal" in 1976. While George plays "Two Princes" at an impromptu front porch hootenanny, the moviegoer can interpret The Spin Doctors as a code for the rhythm guitarist's conservatism. Seth, representing socialism, outduels George, putting capitalism in its place. But Seth's virtuosoship lays bare his fraudulence. He doesn't share the spotlight; he hogs it, in which the guitar solo acts as a power metaphor. Seth is phallocentric, as most hippies are, whereas Goran seems more middle-class than a late-sixties refugee. He demands monogamy out of Lena. Expand
  9. Mar 5, 2012
    6
    Wanderlust was a funny and an enjoyable ride of a film. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, although they seem to be a strange couple in general, both had good performances in this movie. It got a bit ridiculous at times like when Paul Rudd went on for over 5 minutes about what he was gonna do with his d**k. All-in-all it was an enjoyable film. It had its flaws but it made up for them in funWanderlust was a funny and an enjoyable ride of a film. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, although they seem to be a strange couple in general, both had good performances in this movie. It got a bit ridiculous at times like when Paul Rudd went on for over 5 minutes about what he was gonna do with his d**k. All-in-all it was an enjoyable film. It had its flaws but it made up for them in fun and laugh out loud comedy. I'll give Wanderlust a 6/10. Expand
  10. Jun 17, 2012
    6
    Wanderlust neither a "Ha-ha" funny movie nor a bad comedy . It just an average comedy with good actors , good story but little amount of jokes . Paul Rudd's performance in this movie was really good and he was only the real funny man in the movie . Eventually he took he through the end . The base story of the move seemed good but They could make it a lot funnier . There were so funnyWanderlust neither a "Ha-ha" funny movie nor a bad comedy . It just an average comedy with good actors , good story but little amount of jokes . Paul Rudd's performance in this movie was really good and he was only the real funny man in the movie . Eventually he took he through the end . The base story of the move seemed good but They could make it a lot funnier . There were so funny moment in the movie that i laughed so hard but at the end it felt like many-thing was missing . Expand
  11. Aug 22, 2012
    4
    Wanderlust has moments where it works and is actually very funny, but those moments come inconsistently and, for most of the film, the rest of the bits fall short. The gag reel near the end is by far the best part of the movie (aside from a scene involving a stampede of nudists in slow-motion) and I can't help wishing the preceding hour-and-a-half had been similar. All of the actors seemWanderlust has moments where it works and is actually very funny, but those moments come inconsistently and, for most of the film, the rest of the bits fall short. The gag reel near the end is by far the best part of the movie (aside from a scene involving a stampede of nudists in slow-motion) and I can't help wishing the preceding hour-and-a-half had been similar. All of the actors seem to be trying to sell zaniness for the sake of being zany rather than achieving genuine pathos and character development with a blend of raunch. Justin Theroux is surprisingly funny, but the rest of the characters and their bits don't feel funny enough to warrant their time in the movie. All-in-all, Wanderlust is just a casual comedy that has some good gags but on the whole is far from a comedy classic. Expand
  12. Feb 24, 2012
    5
    Although there are moments of strong hilarity, "Wanderlust," just doesn't have anything carrying its weight; it feels muddled together, unbalanced, disjointed, and inevitably wavers hesitantly. The film's only sense of support is from Rudd, who continues to posses a naturally occuring, acquiescent benevolence about him that is very much commendable. Contrarily, though, the film isAlthough there are moments of strong hilarity, "Wanderlust," just doesn't have anything carrying its weight; it feels muddled together, unbalanced, disjointed, and inevitably wavers hesitantly. The film's only sense of support is from Rudd, who continues to posses a naturally occuring, acquiescent benevolence about him that is very much commendable. Contrarily, though, the film is pretentiously vulgar, laden with flopping, full-frontal nudity, and slovenly ribald humor. The result, presented satirically, is a 98 minute uncensored, extended-cut SNL skit that thinks its funnier than it actually is; what it "is," being complete hokum. Expand
  13. Jun 17, 2012
    5
    you have to give a movie like this credit. you can tell that it really does want to be funny and everyone in the movie is committed, but unfortunately it fails. the first 30 minutes are quite funny but after that starts it starts to go downhill. the jokes become stall and drawn out. and at some points have you feel uncomfortable (but not "the office" kind), especially the mirror scene andyou have to give a movie like this credit. you can tell that it really does want to be funny and everyone in the movie is committed, but unfortunately it fails. the first 30 minutes are quite funny but after that starts it starts to go downhill. the jokes become stall and drawn out. and at some points have you feel uncomfortable (but not "the office" kind), especially the mirror scene and the Malin-Rudd scene. and Justin Theroux seems more like he is doing an impersonation rather than a well thought out character. there are however a few good things in this movie, Ken Marino (the brother) Joe Lo Truglio (the nudist) do a great job. but in the end the movie is just another formulaic com-com, that has nothing that makes it stand out from the rest and rather disappointing considering how well Rudd and Aniston were in "The Object of My Affection". Expand
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While Wanderlust has a fun premise, uptight New Yorkers adjusting to a hippie commune lifestyle, it doesn't know what to do with itself at the halfway point, and the story falls back on cliches; evil land developers want to build a casino on the property, and one of the commune members betrays the commune, heralding the arrival of the third act. In better films, it's less bothersome, but here, it becomes clear that the premise has worn thin, and it's time for the movie to wind itself down. Furthermore, George and Linda are little more than caricatures, and the story is little more than a clothesline on which to hang sketch comedy. The good news: the sketch comedy of Wanderlust, the film's raison d' etre, is quite good. It has an oddball, goofy sense of humor, and most of the gags hit their mark. I don't laugh easily. I laughed a lot in Wanderlust. As a story, it is flawed, very flawed, but Wanderlust is still funny, and that's what you're there to do in a movie like this. Laugh. Expand
  15. Feb 25, 2012
    6
    This movie has lots of duds and the hits aren't satisfying enough to make up for it. Also, it feels soooo long. I was checking my watch for what felt like the last 2 hours of the movie. Love the cast and David Wain, and am looking forward to what comes next. Hopefully Wanderlust makes enough to give everyone a shot at making another great movie together (something the caliber of "Role Models")
  16. Jul 31, 2014
    5
    This movie just didn't deliver enough. I saw this movie and thought that it would be a good movie especially with Paul Rudd but sadly it wasn't. After watching through this movie I found it very dull and boring though you'll get a few occasional laughs. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Anistons characters are together in a relationship though it feels like they know nothing about it each other. AtThis movie just didn't deliver enough. I saw this movie and thought that it would be a good movie especially with Paul Rudd but sadly it wasn't. After watching through this movie I found it very dull and boring though you'll get a few occasional laughs. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Anistons characters are together in a relationship though it feels like they know nothing about it each other. At all. The characters in this movie weren't interesting nor were they relate-able at all. The movie itself feels like it just wears out and wastes a lot of time. Actually the part I found the most interesting was the end with the gag reel. That was the strongest part of the movie and it is only a few minutes long. I just found the movie dissappointing and felt so bored throughout it waiting for it to end. Expand
  17. Jul 5, 2012
    6
    Judd Apatow(producer), Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston. They were the only reason why I watched that movie. It's charming, funny. But keep your expectation low.
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 29, 2012
    50
    Wanderlust is flawed, too, but for its exploration of financial ruin and alternative lifestyles, it shows once again that Aniston, at the very least, knows which way the wind is blowing.
  2. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.
  3. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    Feb 27, 2012
    70
    As broad and obvious as Wanderlust is, it's often very funny. [5 March 2012, p. 87]