Losing your job and home could send anyone into a tailspin. Not sure everyone’s choice would be to join a bohemian free love life style. In “Wanderlust” a Manhattan couple chooses this path. George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are living in the bustling city of New York and have just signed their name to own a piece of the Village. Not planning for a life changing event, they face one when George’s company is under investigation by the FBI and immediately closed.
Linda is still trying to discover herself and what she wants to be. After many failed attempts at occupations and losing their only sole steady income the couple decides to move in with George’s arrogant brother. Tired from the long journey the couple decides to seek shelter for the night and come across a rural commune and a different style of living that they never considered. When things get out of control at George’s brother Rick’s (Ken Marino) house he decides they must vacate at once and return to the commune where they felt accepted and free.
During the trying times of today many may consider this living arrangement. It is one that does not come with much privacy, but offers friendship and affordable living. George and Linda both jump in and try to adapt their style of living. Giving up possessions that have no meaning and opening themselves up to free love. Linda seems to be fitting in perfectly where George feels like an outcast. The difference of opinions leads to turmoil that is unexpected and have both reeling with regret.
“Wanderlust” had a handful of comical moments, but overall it seemed like a continuous gag reel. The storyline was fun, but a little too ridiculous. It teeters on a thin line of crazy fun and ridiculous insults. Paul Rudd, who I usually enjoy I could not stand in this film. I was hoping for a great escape, but found myself looking for a quick exit. “Wanderlust” was a huge disappointment that had potential that is quickly trashed with the cheap humor and endless blooper reel.