“Wanderlust” would provide an intriguing
Both are about people who search for their true selves in woodsy communes, get sucked into the brainwashing and insularity by a charismatic leader and eventually struggle to escape. One of these films contains poop jokes. Guess which one it is.
Yes, “Wanderlust” proudly wears its sketch-comedy origins on its sleeve, and that means the gags are as hit-and-miss as you'd imagine.
Some jokes get hammered into the ground repeatedly; others go on well past the point of cringe-inducing awkwardness. But some do reach the levels of brilliant, unfettered lunacy to which they aspire. It's just Paul Rudd talking to himself in the bathroom mirror — but it's wonderfully, agonizingly weird.
Rudd and Jennifer Aniston co-star as George and Linda, a happily married couple struggling to make do in Manhattan. But, they lose their jobs and find they can no longer afford the apartment they just bought Reluctantly, they drive down to Atlanta to stay with George's blowhard brother.
Along the way, though, they stop for the night at a bed and breakfast in northern Georgia. Turns out the place is a hippie enclave called Elysium, run by the self-appointed, self-satisfied guru Seth. (Justin Theroux is awesomely arrogant in the role and virtually unrecognizable beneath his Christ-like hair and beard). The air is thick with pot smoke and the sound of didgeridoos and the scent of patchouli, and George and Linda don't quite fit in at first. But they end up liking it there so much — and liking the version of themselves that its permissiveness brings out — that they end up staying for a couple weeks. This sets up all kinds of fish-out-of-water antics. Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Jordan Peele, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Alan Alda and a startlingly naked Joe Lo Truglio all get chances to shine.
There is no real momentum, though, but rather a series of moments.
Your expectations are crucial here. If you're looking for structure, cohesion and narrative drive, you'll be frustrated and maybe even a little bored. If you can be as open-minded as the drugged-up denizens of Elysium, then it's all good, brother.
— Christy Lemire,
Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman.
(Sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use)