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  • Summary: 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. Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them.Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves? (Universal Pictures)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 22, 2012
    91
    I don't know what tools of the trade Paul Rudd and director David Wain share to dream up the kind of inspired nutso stuff Rudd has done in smart-funny-raunchy winners like "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Role Models." But whatever it is, the two are in a groove - and backed up by some blissed-out creative co-conspirators.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 22, 2012
    70
    Stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston find themselves at home here, playing against a stock-raising performance by Justin Theroux as the charismatic libertine who prompts their adventure.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 23, 2012
    60
    If anything, the manic energy and aggressive sarcasm of Wain's "Role Models" (2008), which also starred Rudd, has become much more refined in Wanderlust, (well, as refined as something this raw can be).
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Okay, Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 23, 2012
    0
    So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see Wanderlust, though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 12 out of 42
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    10
    Wow I wasn't expecting much and loved this movie. Wall to wall laughs, Rudd was hysterical, Aniston surprised me - she fit right in with this amazing cast. And the story moved me...it's a real wish-fulfillment fantasy that we all have about throwing it all away and trying out a new life. But most of all it was one after another of funny scenes with the two stars mixing it up with Alan Alda, Malin Akerman (who's also so sexy), Justin Theroux, Joe Lo Truglio, etc, etc. Going to see it again this weekend. Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2012
    9
    It's not quite "Wet, Hot, American Summer" and it's not quite "Bridesmaids," but it is hella funny. Best prosthetic penis since Dirk Diggler. Not as quotable as some of the recent big-hit comedies, but just as funny. My entire commune loved it. Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2012
    7
    If you're a fan of The State or any of David Wain's other films ("Wet Hot American Summer", "The Ten", "Role Models"), you'll love this one. Justin Theroux fills the spot of Chris Meloni quite nicely. Rudd is amazing, as usual. It was great seeing Ian Michael Black, Wain, and Michael Showalter in their brief appearances. Hopefully this film will further broaden Wain's appeal (esp after Role Models) so he can make an even edgier and funnier film like The Ten in the near future. Experimental humor needs a strong comeback. And this is just troupe to do it. Expand
  4. 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") Expand
  5. 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 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
  6. Apr 1, 2012
    3
    This movie is both predictable and unfunny. Although I had one or two laughs while watching it, I watched the majority of this movie with a raised eyebrow. It misses the mark on almost every occasion. Also worth noting: The trailer already spoils the best jokes, and due to trailer editing, the jokes are even better when seen in the trailer. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2012
    0
    Bad humor, bad acting, bad plot. I imagine the laughing that people heard was from the audience laughing at how bad the jokes were. You know that laugh you laugh because something is just so unbelievably dumb. Expand

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