The hippie-commune comedy Wanderlust looks like a funny version of Martha Marcy May Marlene: Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a fast-moving New York City power couple who have to relocate after he loses his job. When Atlanta is too blah for them, they decide to “take a detour” and end up at the Elysium bed and breakfast, which is populated by all sorts of freewheeling souls. Including one bearded Justin Theroux.
The movie features a pretty impressive cast — Malin Akerman and Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose, for example – but of course what has us curious is how this project brought Jen and Justin together. Did their romance begin when he taught her how to milk a goat? When she drinks a hallucinogen and inadvertently quotes R. Kelly? During the inevitable nudist orgy scene?
What’s interesting is that the conditions under which they met weren’t that romantic. After all, Justin plays the dirty hippie leader of a commune, and Jen is the usual high-strung businesswoman from a rom-com. Not to be that guy and make this comparison, but when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, they were playing sexy, leather-wearing super spies who had hot chase scenes and even hotter sex scenes. Even when Jennifer starred in The Break-Up opposite later-boyfriend Vince Vaughn, she had a nude scene and they had to create a love story that got ripped apart. Here, the idea of romance seems unappetizing.
Also, it looks like Jennifer and Paul’s characters stay together in the end. But I guess that’s not enough to stop an attraction from blooming.
Strangely, Wanderlust is slated to come out around Valentine’s Day of next year—February 24, 2012.