RECOMMENDED: We were willing to give Wanderlust the benefit of the doubt on David Wain‘s involvement alone, as we are with most things he does (seriously, We Hot American Summer basically gives the dude a lifetime pass). But with the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston co-vehicle, Wain and co-writer Ken Marino do not rest on their laurels (except with casting, as everyone you expect to be in a Wain/Marino/Rudd film is in this). In fact, Rudd and Aniston become secondary characters for most of the film, as it is more or less carried by the supporting cast (Justin Theroux, Joe Lo Truglio, Malin Akerman, Alan Alda, etc).
Wanderlust is a comedy of absurdity driven by silliness, a general lack of dramatic stakes, and the raunch we have all come to expect from Apatow-affiliated work. That being said, it is also one of the funniest movies we’ve seen in a long time, and it shows us that we are breaking out of the overall shittiness of winter film releases. Or at least we hope so.
ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: Gone, where the film industry’s mission to make Amanda Seyfried a movie star enters phase 5; Act of Valor, which should remind us that even action movie actors are in fact actors; and Good Deeds, which Tyler Perry can already start cashing the checks from.