Wanderlust: Does It Deserve a Second Chance?
11.10.12 by Mandy
The Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd starrer, Wanderlust, opened to an unimpressive box office and somewhat tepid reviews earlier this year, but does that make it unwatchable? We though we'd try to use the R(eE)Lz Longevity Index to determine if this newer, widely dismissed movie deserves a second chance.
The Verdict: Wanderlust is funny, serviceable, and worth a watch. Really. The fact that Aniston and co-star Justin Theroux have a real-life romance does not make this movie another Gigli.
P (Plot) = 5.5 It doesn’t exactly make any major breakthroughs, but a quirky road movie mashed up with a sort-of Muppet-esque storyline about an evil corporation trying to buy a peace-loving commune is entertaining.
S (Script)= 8.3 This one would have received about a 7, but the brilliant use of the phrase “creature of the beltway” bumps it up.
T (Topical)= 6 The recent real estate crisis and the ongoing high rates of unemployment factor significantly in this movie, so it won’t necessarily be as accessible when the economy is good. But then again, there’s always an economic downturn in not-so-distant memory.
D (Dated)= 2 Since most of the movie takes place in a commune, it probably won’t look terribly dated as time goes on. Communes tend not to be über trendy places.
U (Universality)= 67 In terms of characters, this movie won’t be relatable to everyone since it centers around couple of neurotic, middle-class New Yorkers. The story though is about two people finding their own path and not wanting to live in the pigeonhole that they're expected to inhabit, and that’s a theme that many people can relate to.
Wanderlust's LI = 116.
This one isn’t a modern-day Wizard of Oz, where it’s dismissed in its time but proves to be a perennial classic, but it’s pretty good. It’s a solid, quirky Judd Apatow-produced, somewhat-raunchy comedy. It’s got some laughs, it’s got some heart, and it’s got some full-frontal male nudity. It won’t change your life and it won’t win a bunch of awards, but does it deserve 119th place for movies that have been released in the past year? No. If you want to give it a try, the movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and on Amazon Instant Video.
Photo and trailer courtesy Universal Pictures