Wanderlust (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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 George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves? -- (C) Universal
Rating:
R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Paul Rudd
as George
Alan Alda
as Carvin
Ken Marino
as Rick
Kerri Kenney-Silver
as Silver-Kathy
Jordan Peele
as Rodney
Linda Lavin
as Shari
Jessica St. Clair
as Deena Schuster
Todd Barry
as Sherm
John D'Leo
as Tanner
David Wain
as Himself
Keegan-Michael Key
as Marcy's Flunkie
Mather Zickel
as Jim Stansel
Peter Salett
as Manfreddie
Nina Hellman
as Protester
Richard Allan Jones
as Jerry Beaver
Juana Samayoa
as Stephanie Davis
David Cardenas
as Ronny Shames
Sharon Lubin
as Danielle Meltser
Vester Grayson
as Janie Brody
Ronald McFarlin
as Billy Marcus
Roger Pharham-Brown
as Glen Stover
Jim Moffatt
as Tony Piloski
Sung-Suk Garber
as Janice Woo
Craig Wedren
as Elysium Band Member
Amy Miles
as Elysium Band
Charles Gansa
as Elysium Band
Roberto Zincone
as Elysium Band
Francis Capitanelli
as Elysium Band
Ray Liotta
as himself
Richard Jones
as Jerry Beaver
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Critic Reviews for Wanderlust

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

You know you're in trouble when not even the improvised scenes and fluffed out-takes are funny.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A messy but occasionally very funny satirical comedy...

February 27, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Rudd might not be the subtlest straight man in movies, but, as of this moment, he's the best.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wanderlust

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. Re watched 6/15 I still don't like this movie. It's actually fine up until they reach the commune. I like the beginning set in New York. I think it's the setting that doesn't work for me. I don't know people like this and I don't want to. Selling this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

"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.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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