Most of Jennifer Aniston’s comedies suffer from trying to fit a square R-rated peg into a round PG-13 rated hole. By that I mean, they start with a concept that includes adult themes including sexuality and then water it down to make it more palatable to a wider audience. (Do teens really lack for movie choices or do parents just need to dump their kids at the theaters?) I understand the underlying idea: lower rating equals bigger, more inclusive market mean s more butts in seats. But if the movie suffers by the dilution, doesn’t that subtract more butts than it provides? It’s a mystery. (Nothing could make that Adam Sandler mess watchable but The Bounty Hunter would have been vastly improved if Aniston and Butler were able to play on their natural chemistry instead of against it.)
There’s a new red-band trailer for David Wain’s Wanderlust starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. Wain wrote Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models so he’s no stranger to raunchy comedy. With this new trailer, we get a better idea of the raunch level present in Wanderlust. It is considerable, but the cast lends it a patina of…dare I say, class?
The clips and trailers to this point have all kind of been “meh”. Not necessarily bad, but it’s difficult to really showcase the product when that product is rated R and you have to make it palatable to a PG (at best) audience. Now at least we know what we’re getting. I like Jen and I’ve been on board with Paul Rudd since Clueless. The premise may be pretty high concept, but I’m willing to bet we’ll be brought around to some sort of universal message by the time it’s all over. The getting there could be fun.
Wanderlust also stars Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Alan Alda, Kerry Kenney-Silver and Kathyrn Hahn and opens February 24 in the US, 2nd March in the UK.