Wanderlust (2012 film)

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Wanderlust

Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Wain
Produced byJudd Apatow
Ken Marino
Paul Rudd
David Wain
Screenplay byDavid Wain
Ken Marino
StarringPaul Rudd
Jennifer Aniston
Justin Theroux
Alan Alda
Malin Åkerman
Music byCraig Wedren
CinematographyMichael Bonvillain
Editing byDavid Moritz
Robert Nassau
StudioA Hot Dog Productions
Apatow Productions
Relativity Media
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date(s)February 24, 2012 (United States)
Running time97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million[1]
Box office$21,450,353[2]
 
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Wanderlust

Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Wain
Produced byJudd Apatow
Ken Marino
Paul Rudd
David Wain
Screenplay byDavid Wain
Ken Marino
StarringPaul Rudd
Jennifer Aniston
Justin Theroux
Alan Alda
Malin Åkerman
Music byCraig Wedren
CinematographyMichael Bonvillain
Editing byDavid Moritz
Robert Nassau
StudioA Hot Dog Productions
Apatow Productions
Relativity Media
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date(s)February 24, 2012 (United States)
Running time97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million[1]
Box office$21,450,353[2]

Wanderlust is a 2012 comedy film directed by David Wain, starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, as a married couple who try to escape modern society by finding themselves on a commune in Georgia, after the economy crashes down on their dreams in New York.

Grossing only $21 million worldwide on a budget of $35 million, Wanderlust was disappointing at the box office despite somewhat positive reviews.

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Plot

George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are an urban married couple who purchase a micro-loft in New York after much hesitation. George is expecting a promotion while Linda is trying to sell a documentary to HBO. Soon after purchasing their home, George learns that his company has folded, overnight, while HBO rejects Linda's documentary. With both out of work, they are forced to sell their apartment and decide to leave for Georgia to live with George's arrogant brother Rick (Ken Marino) and his wife Marisa (Michaela Watkins) after Rick offers George a job.

After many hours on the highway, Linda demands they stop to rest. The closest place to stop is a bed and breakfast hotel named Elysium. When they turn, they are surprised to see a man walking naked named Wayne Davidson (Joe Lo Truglio). They promptly try to turn back but flip the car over, so they are forced to stay at the hotel. While trying to sleep, they are distracted by noises in the living room. When they go to check, they learn that Elysium is a hippie commune. They meet the various residents of Elysium, including Seth (Justin Theroux), Eva (Malin Åkerman), and Elysium's owner Carvin (Alan Alda). George and Linda spend the night feeling more alive than before. In the morning, everyone helps flip George's car back so they can leave, but Seth urges them to consider staying.

George and Linda arrive at Rick's house and find the atmosphere much less soothing. George eventually reaches breaking point with Rick and takes Linda back to Elysium, where they are welcomed back. George is excited about the simpler lifestyle while Linda is hesitant. After a few days however, Linda starts feeling enlightened by the lifestyle while George begins having second thoughts. George and Linda soon learn that 'free love' is strongly encouraged as Seth and Eva want to seduce Linda and George, respectively. Both George and Linda rebuff the notion of free love.

At the same time, Elysium is being targeted by property developers to build a casino on the property, but they are unable to until they have the deed to the land, which Carvin misplaced. When the property developers arrive with bulldozers, Linda scares them off by flashing them and the other residents join her. Linda is lauded as a hero by the commune. George then demands that they leave, saying that if they stay, they would have to give in to 'free love'. Linda wants to stay and has sex with Seth. George is pressured to have sex with Eva, but he drives her away with his bizarre behavior. The next morning, George reaches breaking point, stating that he dislikes the rules of Elysium and wants to leave. Linda wants to stay, so George goes back to Rick's house alone.

Seth believes he has found his soul mate in Linda and searches for the deed to Elysium which he sells to the property developers to start a new life with Linda. A child from the commune witnesses the burning of the deed by Seth and the man that wants to build the Casino. Seth tells Linda that he wants to go away from Elysium and that the others can look after themselves. Linda refuses.

In the meantime, George realises he loves Linda and comes back to find her, getting into a fight with Seth while the commune looks on and tries to help 'non-violently'. The child that witnesses the burning of the deed by Seth tells the commune what happened and George punches Seth in the jaw.

In the aftermath, the news show that visited Elysium does a story about the commune. George and Linda start a publishing company, with their first book being a political thriller novel written by Wayne. The novel is then fast-tracked into a film adaptation starring Ray Liotta. Carvin reclaims his rights to Elysium after he is reunited with all the original founders of Elysium, one of whom had another copy of the deed.

Cast

Casting

Wanderlust screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2012

Justin Theroux was announced as part of the cast on June 4, 2010. Fred Armisen was originally cast in the role of nudist Wayne Dunbar, but he was replaced by Joe Lo Truglio after scheduling difficulties.[5]

Malin Åkerman and Lauren Ambrose were announced as cast members on September 15.[3] Ambrose played a member of the freewheeling commune that the two stars come into contact with en route to Atlanta.[4] On October 5, Alan Alda was announced to play "the head of a naturist village".[6] Michaela Watkins was announced to play Rudd's sister-in-law on October 18.

David Wain announced the addition of Jordan Peele to the cast on his blog on September 12[7] and Ken Marino and Kerri Kenney-Silver on September 19. Paul Rudd reunited with Jennifer Aniston for the first time in seven years, since they both co-starred together in 18 episodes of the sitcom Friends. The two also co-starred with Alan Alda in the 1998 comedy The Object of My Affection.

Production

David Wain began chronicling the film's production and pre-production on his blog on May 21, 2010.[10] Most of the production took place in Georgia. Additional material was filmed in New York City and Los Angeles.

Filming

Filming took place in a number of places in Georgia: the Gwinnett Diner in Lawrenceville (which was also used for a scene in the film Road Trip); a subdivision called Miramonte Way off Ozora Road in the Lawrenceville, Georgia area;[11][12] and in Habersham County, off of New Liberty Road.[13]

Release

The film was released on February 24, 2012. During its first weekend ending February 26, Wanderlust opened at #8 behind Act of Valor and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds with $6.5 million from 2,002 locations.[14] Given its poor debut, it was considered a box-office flop.[15][16] After six weeks, it concluded its theatrical run with a respective domestic and foreign gross of $17,288,155 and $4,162,198.[17]

Wanderlust was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 19th, 2012[18]

Reception

The film opened with mixed to positive reviews. Based upon 129 reviews, it received a 59% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Among 35 top critics, it obtained a 54% approval rating with the consensus saying, "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."[19] Audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore.[20]

See also

References

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