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NY1 Movie Review: "Wanderlust"

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Actors Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd have teamed up in the new comedy "Wanderlust", about a stressed out New York couple who leave the big city and decide to live on a free spirited commune where anything goes. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.

In "Wanderlust," actors Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play George and Linda, a stressed out New York couple who've just bought a studio apartment in the West Village. But when George loses his job, they can't afford to make ends meet.

They head down to Atlanta, where George accepts a job working for his brother Rick. Along the way they stop for the night at what they think is a bed and breakfast. In reality, it's a free spirited commune.

Brother Rick, played nicely by Ken Marino who also co-wrote the script, turns out to be a tyrant and impossible to be around. So they head back to the commune and decide to try living a different lifestyle for awhile.

The community is populated by all different types of weird, let it all hang out characters. The philosophy at this place is do your own thing. No one's concerned about money or careers and they're all vegans. They share absolutely everything, so there's also a free love policy.

The movie was directed and co-written by David Wain, who recently directed "Role Models". And he also made a terrific film that few people saw a few years ago called "The Ten". "Wanderlust" is also produced by Judd Apatow and you can see his comedic influence throughout the movie.

What makes the comedy work is the fish out of water premise. As Rudd and Aniston, who are both quite good here, try to buy into this alternative lifestyle, they find it's a lot harder than they think.

Rudd struggles with the whole thing while Aniston has an easier time with counterculture acceptance. This, combined with some funny dialogue and crisp direction often make it click.

There are some lags, but overall, it's funny and the wacky characters who live at this community, called Elysium, are nicely played by a terrific supporting cast who all have good comedic skills.

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