Wanderlust DI
2012 Running time: 94 Certificate: 15 Rating: 3
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Synopsis

Tired of life in the city, stressed-out couple Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd quit the rat race for a rural commune where society's normal rules don't apply. But despite guru Justin Theroux and his flock extolling the virtues of free love (and other 'spiritual' enhancements), the gobsmacked squares find it hard to lose their inhibitions. Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose let their hair down for a happy-clappy, hippy-trippy romp from the director of Role Models.

Director

  • David Wain

Cast

  • Jennifer Aniston

  • Paul Rudd

  • Justin Theroux

  • Alan Alda

  • Malin Akerman

  • Kathryn Hahn

Review

Documentary-maker Linda (Aniston) and finance executive George (Rudd) are an upwardly mobile New York couple who turn on, tune in...and fall out when they wind up living in a hippy commune.

They're stuck in a world of free love, 24/7 meditation and finger bells after Linda's latest doc is rejected by HBO and George's bank is closed down by the FBI.

Saddled with an over-valued Manhattan "micro-loft", the have to move out - but moving in with George's obnoxious brother and his hysterical wife is not an option.

Instead, they pitch up at Elysium, a past-its-sell-by-date, patchouli-drenched Shangri-la ruled over by passive-aggressive New Age sage and alpha male Seth (Theroux).

Despite their straight-as-a-die city backgrounds, Linda finds herself attracted to Seth's motivational, holistic back rubs and George is tempted by offers of free love from Malin Akerman.

Beatnik-bashing isn't the most difficult satirical skill to master and director David 'Role Models' Wain goes for his tie-dyed targets with no-holds-barred gusto.

Alan Alda is literally wheeled out as a disabled Woodstock veteran and there's some laughs to be had at the expense of Joe Lo Truglio's nude winemaker.

Rudd really lets rip, particularly with a sexually assertive monologue delivered to a mirror, and Aniston is game, even if she can't match her co-star's uninhibited verbal raunch.

Produced by Judd Apatow, it's an uneven affair but fans of the style will find it comedy nirvana.

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