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Wanderlust (2012)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 55

It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 19

It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera.



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George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start



David Wain, Ken Marino

Jun 19, 2012


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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (55) | DVD (1)

Trust me, this movie doesn't deliver on any level, high or low.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (3)
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It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (2)
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You know you're in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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Rudd might not be the subtlest straight man in movies, but, as of this moment, he's the best.

February 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (5)
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Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Even if Wanderlust is a bust, Rudd and Aniston will walk away from it with no repercussions as they both perform very well.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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While everyone has their tastes and limits there must be a line when a film is so shameless in its lack of dignity and intellect and assumes the audience are just a bunch of rubes.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source:

Better for having ambitions, but ironically less perfect for failing to live up to those ideals.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Wanderlust has a freewheeling, improvisational aesthetic that doles out enough solid jokes, even if it does so erratically.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

probably looked much better on paper

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Wanderlust takes its aim at some very broad targets so it's no wonder that the film's jokes tend to be blunt and obvious rather than rapier-sharp.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The parts are often funnier, and more memorable, than the whole, but there's enough here to keep David Wain fans smiling.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)

Usually avoids SNL skit-shtick and wacky-pothead parody, thanks to affectionate humour, sharp cuts and droll dialogue. Still, the story ultimately sides with the bland, loft-closeted couple and gets lazy with guy-gets-back-girl moments down the stretch.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A random, tedious and tone-deaf comedy, a feeble recycling of every hippie commune cliche you've ever heard.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...yet another in an increasingly long line of subpar comedies from producer Judd Apatow.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... you probably won't see a funnier movie all year.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (3)
Sacramento News & Review

Consistently funny and outrageous, with a large, appealing cast whose apparent good time making the film is infectious.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Even before the maddeningly smug faux-bohemian denouement, we've turned off and tuned out. Bummer.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Too good-natured to dislike it, and in the same breath, too good-natured to have much depth.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is not the story but the ensemble cast that saves "Wanderlust" from being a mediocre comedy.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Comment (1)
Reeling Reviews

An unusually sharp script makes this silly comedy thoroughly enjoyable, even when it tips over the top.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film is a humourless embarrassment, the cliche situations and flat dialogue decorated but not embellished by the envelope-pushing obscenity traditionally associated with its producer Judd Apatow.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (3)
Observer [UK]

Rudd and Aniston shine in Wanderlust.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Comments (3)
Illinois Times

Director David Wain's experience is TV and this crude film seems more like a sitcom that probably won't be renewed.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Rudd does some great riffing (especially his hillbilly dirty talk), but ultimately the sum of Wanderlust's parts is greater than the whole.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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Audience Reviews for Wanderlust

Kind of painful to watch. I love Paul Rudd, but even he couldn't raise this sinking ship. The subject matter could have been really funny, but the way this storyline was presented just seemed to miss the mark every time. Pretty underwhelming film. Too bad.
May 6, 2013

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Little bit disappointing. Had its moments, but wasn't consistently funny. It was okay, I guess, but I wish I hadn't bought it unseen. I usually like Jennifer Anniston's rom coms.
September 27, 2012

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"Wanderlust" is exactly what the title suggests -- it wanders with its narrative with very little punchlines or humor to make it memorable. Paul Rudd is always good and always entertaining to watch, but with the lackluster script and boring plotline, "Wanderlust" is a pass altogether.
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