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Capone says WANDERLUST is the first great comedy of 2012!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

It's Oscar weekend, so I'm guessing that a lot of you are going to be filling these next couple of days trying to catch one or two of the nominees you may have missed, and that's a noble effort. But if you let this weekend pass without seeing the awfully funny new film from director David Wain (WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, ROLE MODELS), you'd be making a horrible mistake. Wain once again teams up with his constant actor companion Paul Rudd and co-writer Ken Marino (who appears in the film as Rudd's piggish brother) to make WANDERLUST, a movie that had me laughing throughout, sometimes convulsing into violent fits that resemble a seizure (yeah, I'm a lot of fun to sit next to in the theater).

Rudd and his "Friends" and THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION co-star Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda, a Manhattan couple that can barely afford the smallest possible micro-loft in the city. Shortly after they purchase said loft, George loses his job and the self-(un)employed Linda hasn't figured out what she's good at yet, so they are forced to leave the city and head to Atlanta, where George's brother and his self-medicating wife (Michaela Watkins) take them in and give George a demeaning data-entry job. On the way to Atlanta, they stop for one night at a bed & breakfast operated and fully stocked by hippies, leading an organic-farming, vegan, free-love existence (some are nudists), but for one night, George and Linda have a fulfilling experience on what turns out to be a commune.

Once they bail on Atlanta, they head back to the commune run by Carvin, played by an amusing Alan Alda, and spiritually guided by Seth (a drop-dead hilarious, everything-you-hate-about-hippies Justin Theroux), who clearly has his eyes set on Linda, just as George has his set on Eva (Malin Akerman). Also on hand on the commune are Kathryn Hahn (who played Rudd's organic-farmer girlfriend in OUR IDIOT BROTHER last year), Lauren Ambrose, Joe Lo Truglio (as the aforementioned nudist), and Kerri Kenney-Silver.

As rude and crude as WANDERLUST can get at times, there is an underlying statement here about the appeal of throwing aside yuppie staples like career, monogamy and worldly possessions. At first, George is the one who sees the stress-free advantages of such a life, but when a potential job comes his way, he suddenly seems hesitant, while Linda picks up the interest. Of course, the element of this life that nearly splits them apart is free love. And after George is given the go-ahead to sleep with Eva, what follows are two of the film's funniest sequences, all thanks to Rudd. You'll know the scenes when you see them. The first involves Rudd in front of a mirror psyching himself up to have sex for the first time outside of his marriage. He lets loose with a string of vulgarities that will go in the comedy history books as one of the funniest scenes committed to film. The follow-up is a scene in which George starts to "seduce" Eva; it's a trainwreck that I barely heard because I was still laughing from the mirror scene.

Aniston doesn't get as many high-comedy moments as Rudd, Theroux or even Lo Truglio, but she's a great reactive force to all of the insanity around her, and very often it's her off-put feedback that made me laugh even harder at something funny. She's not trying to be adorable or edgy, as she often is in her cookie-cutter romantic comedies of late, but between her supporting role in HORRIBLE BOSSES and here in WANDERLUST, I'd say she's on the right course toward reliable, solid comedy work.

The way the film wraps up is slightly hurried and obvious, but it doesn't damage the fantastic work that comes before it. WANDERLUST is another feather in the cap of the Wain-Rudd partnership, which I hope continues until the end of time. I was especially impressed with Theroux work, which is still new to audiences and didn't exactly get much of a boost from his villain role in YOUR HIGHNESS. He's a comedic chameleon who has frequently sacrificed being recognizable to create the best character he can, and Seth is a master stroke of self-important do-gooder sleeze-bag. WANDERLUST will have you gasping for breath from laughter; be sure to bring the oxygen tank.

-- Steve Prokopy
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  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Last! For Wanderlust!

    by JAG_off

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Aniston

    by Valenni

    I want to touch her lady bits.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong

    ...needs more vagina.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Colour me surprised.

    by loafroaster

    I seen "romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston" and thought FUCK NO.

  • ....enuff with John Carter, Act of Valour, Avengers, how about some reviews for the good and great movies coming out that deserve some attention.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by Be_a_zed

    This has one of the worst trailers I've ever seen. Yet potentially it may not suck? Doubt I'll watch it though.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd in a goofy sensitive romcom

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    is not making my wallet lighter. He's a great talent, but he's starting to latch onto some really dumb stuff to get ahead. Our Idiot Brother? Ugh. I can't believe I made it all the way to that goddamn end scene with the dog name thingy. Until then, at least my girlfriend was snoozing peacefully next to me on the couch until I burst out with a string of cursewords. I also don't understand why people will still pay to see Aniston play a slightly different version of Rachel. The brains at 30 Rock couldn't even make her funny. Rudd needs to stick close to Seigel, Ferrell and Apatow and do whatever the hell they say. His breakout performance is still to come.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    The hell are you talking about? Young Adult came out 2 months ago, why would they be reviewing it now? Oh, and they did review it BEFORE it came out...twice. Fuck, Capone even did interviews with Patton Oswalt AND Jason Reitman about it. If you're not familiar with Google, it's a good tool to make sure you know what the hell you're talking about before you make an ass of yourself.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    you know what we need

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    another 1000 romcom trailers that use the song Martin Solveig & Dragonette song 'Hello' I love that! song playing.... stuff happening... someone says a joke.... HELLO! song playing.... stuff happening... someone says a joke.... HELLO! HOLLYWOOD U R TEH GENUISESEZ!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Surprised by this review

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Well...maybe not tooooo surprised, as good reviews come easy on this site. The second scene you're talking about Capone, the one you went into a state of epileptic shick from laughing so hard, it's the one that was posted on this site a few days back right? There is painful comedy, uncomfortable comedy, and painfully uncomfortable comedy. However, this scene does not fit into any of these categories because it lacks the key ingredient of being funny. It's just Rudd riffing on dirty talk and it's painfull to watch. Worse than that, it's very unfunny, apinfully unfunny. I don't get the mad geek love for Wet Hot American Summer. O.K. I can see why people like it. I can see why people have embraced it, however, I just can't. WHAS is just one of those movies that slipped through the cracks and the few people who saw it upon release spoke very highly of it, eventually and graudally forming a cult following but to me it just seems to be one of those movies you've been told is so funny and you've been told by so many people that it's this hidden gem that I think most people sayb they ike it so they don;t want people to think they're not getting it. Well....I don't get it. It isn't that funny. It really is not that funny. As a matter of fact, I can only think of one or two scenes that brought a laugh out of me. I've seen it a few times, always at someone's house wanting to show it to a group of friends and every time i've seen it in that setting, it has failed to get anyone in the room laughing out loud. Yet, so many of these people that i have watched it with later said that they found it obscenely funny even though when I was sitting right next to them watching it, the only funny thing about it was thinking up a drinking game for all the uncomfortable position shifts, yawns, checking of the watches, and conversations springing up out of sheer boredom. Days later, I see these same people who visibly disliked the movie talking about it to other people as if it had the comedic value of Lebowski. It's just one of those movies that people love to say they love, whether they love it or not. That is not my opinion, it has been my observation. Role Models had it's moments, but all in all it was just a forgettable dumb comedy. Wanderlust looks to be the same. The one constant in all of this is Rudd, who was the one future star in WHAS to pull laughter out of me, and who made Role Models likeabvle enough to actually sit through. However, here, in this new one, he just seems to be playing Rudd. Same old shit. Either that, or he's just worn thin on me. For all of those of you out there who are going to say they don't want to be my friend because I thought WHAS sucked....oh well.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Get a fucking edit feature

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Cuz I type too fast for my brain to spell

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Patton Oswalt says it all

    by Rob

    This comedy bit says it all: (Skip to 2:24)

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Monogomy is a "yuppie staple"?

    by Pete Michaelson

    So are strong, committed relationships built on foundations of trust and reliability just side-effects of city life and evil conservative, big corporate brain washing?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Uh, moozikmktr...

    by submarinevoyage

    This movie is produced by Apatow, so Rudd is doing what you're saying. And it's not "a goofy sensitive romcom", it's a very funny, outrageous, R-rated comedy from the guys from The State/Wet Hot American Summer/Role Models.

  • ...But there's no need to talk tough with your potty mouth, insults are for the playground so grow up little boy.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Feel Betrayed that they cut JA Nude Scene.....So fuck this movieem.

    by cookylamoo

    I mean they use the nude scene (if it ever existed) to generate buzz and then cut it before release? Really....Fuck them.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Sorry....I mean "Fuck This Movie"

    by cookylamoo

    For all you spelling cops.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    the tv spots do it no justice then, because they are horrible.


  • Feb. 24, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Vulguarity is the Funnie! Just ask Kevin Smith

    by hatespeech

    oh how we've fallen.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by DonkeyBalls

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Jak0lantern01

    I'd better experience the same gut-splitting laughter that Capone experienced, or we'll all know he's just a Paul Rudd fan-boy fraud. Yeesh.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    not falling for it

    by animas

    don't know if this is a plant or fanboy as others suggest, but no way in hell would I even consider watching this, ever.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "Beth" by Kiss

    by Brookboy

    My only real question about this movie is if the song Beth by Kiss comes into the movie at all at any point, as both "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Role Models" features the song in some fashion.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I just remembered

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    I can't name a single person I know who told me Wet Hot American Summer is funny. After I finally saw it, it was easy to see why. It's hard to believe it was written by the same guy who did amazing stuff like Strangers With Candy and Children's Hospital.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    If there was an Anniston nude scene I'd pay twice

    by kidicarus

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I agree with dancetothebeatofthelivingdead...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I watched WHAS on netflix last year and was not impressed. I found some scenes to be funny but overall as a movie I kinda don't get it. It just seemed very uneven. I just more enjoyed seeing all the different actors and cameos that were scattered throughout. If I tried to show my friends this as a straight up comedy there would be a bit of akwardness as Brad Cooper gets done in the ass. I propose a new drinking game to get your best out of it. Everytime an actor comes onto the screen someone shouts out the name of a movie they starred in that was funnier than WHAS. Whenever that happens everyone takes a drink. Youd be surprised how drunk you get.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    brook123, Every good comedy should feature "Beth" by KISS----

    by The Reluctant Austinite


  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    WHAS is just flat out amazingly funny

    by Lovecraftfan

    Very random but consistently funny all the way through. Its hard to pick the best joke but my favorite will always be the lets go to town montage. Amazing film.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Greg

    Tits or get the fuck out.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Aniston bugs me, but I would fuck the shit out of her

    by Terrence

    Ironically something a lot of us say about females in the industry.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Comedy is likely the most difficult genre film-wise...

    by Darth Macchio

    Given how everything is so utterly dependent on opinion - what divides comedy opinion more than one's sense of humor? What other genre can two people claim to enjoy as a genre - and then those same 2 people go and watch a "comedy" movie where one is laughing so hard he or she is crying while the other giggles more at the reaction of his or her neighbor than any content in the film? Or maybe doesn't even laugh at all? It was practically guaranteed by a friend that Austin Powers would be the funniest, or one of the funniest at least, movies I would ever see and yet I don't think I did more than smile here or there. Doesn't mean it's not funny, obviously. Just not funny to me. And yet, one of my personal favorite comedies is "Raising Arizona" and yet people I've known for years just don't laugh at all when watching it. I also love "Snatch" but yet even more people don't think that's funny either. Doesn't mean I'm wrong - it's just not funny to them. We may argue on certain things insofar as action, horror, sci-fi, etc, but nothing is as inherently subjective as one's preference for what makes them laugh. I'd wager there's no such thing as a "comedy for all people" where you'd have anything close to consensus on what's funny and what is not for more than say 10 people....certainly not thousands of movie goers around the country (or world). These guys making comedies really do have their work cut out for them and a economically successful comedy is quite an accomplishment I would think. (The exception being those terrible mocking movies like "Scary Movie" or "Vampires Suck", etc - not sure who would ever consider that stuff funny but then again, they keep making them so someone must find them funny, no?)

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    That little tight compact ass of hers

    by Extr3m1st

    Yes I would fuck her long time...she is still pretty hot even at 40 or whatever she is. Don't like her movies all that much but they don't make them for guys like me.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by Johnny 5

    Chill out. You probably need to take a fat shit before you start telling people not to make an ass of themselves. Go grab a Smoothie or something

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Above is for dr strange love

    by Johnny 5

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Bad, Paul! You're supposed to be Phoebe's husband, not Rachel's!

    by wcolbert

    Friends is easily my all time favorite sitcom. I don't care, fuck you if you want to pick a fight about it. As such, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Jennifer and Paul Rudd (I love you, Man was also easily one of the best comedies I've seen in many years - picking a fight with lou Ferrigno alone is priceless - "Who the fuck gets in a fight with Lou Ferrigno?!?") Jennifer is solid comedy support, and she does a great job carrying more dramatic roles - she's always been good with emotion (seriously, even back in the Friends days, I felt my stomach drop the way it would when your girlfriend is REALLY pissed at you and the shit just hit the fan, in the more serious moments of the show, which usually involved her getting furious about something- she's quite convincing at being pissed).... she's also beautiful. I adore her. I don't see why it's become the "cool thing" to hate her or make fun of movies simply because she is in them. I'll admit, I was hoping she had a nude scene. who wouldn't? The woman has an amazing body, and as anyone who saw Friends can tell you, has one hell of a set of amazing nipples, which were almost without exception poking through her shirt in every scene. That's right, I said it. So, I feel betrayed like many of us. We were fed a lie in order to generate interest in the movie, then the scene was scrapped. So be it. That's annoying. I'll still watch it. But on DVD. Not going to encourage that sort of behavior. >:(

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Bad paul

    by Johnny 5

    Funny man. She seems like a great gal, is leprechaun on DVD bc I love partying w friends and watching classics like that. Yeah Anniston is smoking all right, she seems attainable if u know what I mean. Or real chicks hot like her where I live at least are.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Ken Marino is the man.

    by InfinityWave

    The man!

  • Lesbian sex like seen in MULHOLLAND DRIVE, only lots of it. There's something about Jennifer Aniston that makes her perfect for lesbian sex scenes.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Damn asimovlives

    by Johnny 5

    That is so true and a great idea.