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'Wanderlust' starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston: movie review

'Wanderlust' journeys into nudist, free-love territory – among other things – and largely misses the mark on humor.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / February 24, 2012

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are shown in a scene from 'Wanderlust.'

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“Wanderlust” is a flabbergastingly inane movie from the Judd Apatow mill. This may sound like a recommendation for those who expect nothing less (or more) from Team Apatow, but trust me, this movie doesn’t deliver on any level, high or low.

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Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play Linda and George, hapless New Yorkers who, hit by the economic downturn, drive to Atlanta where a job with a portable-toilet company, courtesy of George’s boorish brother, awaits. They get sidetracked at a hippie commune called Elysium, which seems to have been caught in a 1960s time warp. This movie is “Finian’s Rainbow” for dunderheads. Rudd has a few amusing moments talking to himself in a mirror (he’s trying to convince himself he’s a stud) but he would have been better off talking himself out of this film. Grade: C- (Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and drug use.) 

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