Friday, February 24, 2012
'Wanderlust' is the latest R-rated comedy from writer/director/producer David Wain, writer/producer/actor Ken Marino, and comedy uber-producer Judd Apatow. Sure, Apatow is a household name by now, but many still aren't familiar with Wain and Marino, at least by name alone. You should be though, because with increasingly outrageous comedies like 'Wet Hot American Summer', 'The Ten', and 'Role Models', as well as wacky TV like 'The State', 'Stella', and 'Children's Hospital', they're certainly making a name for themselves in the world of comedy. And regulars Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, and Michael Ian Black also deserve credit (although the latter two only have a cameo in this film). This is arguably the best comedy team in the business; So good they deserve a name, like that Will Ferrell/Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn 'Frat Pack'. So, let's see, how about The Wack Pack? (Nah, Howard Stern has dibs on that one.) Wainarino? (Wait, they're not a celebrity couple.) Wain's Chain? Nope. Waining Men? Too gay. Waining Champions? Don't force it, it'll come to me.
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play yuppies caught in the rat race of New York City. Like many of us, they work too hard and stress too much about money, only to spend it on the things they think will make them happy but never do, like an outrageously expensive yet ridiculously small studio apartment in the West Village. But through a series of events they happen upon a commune and get to sample a different way of life. Call it 'Green Acres' meets 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'. In typical Wain fashion, the comedy is often inappropriate, uncomfortable, and laugh out loud funny. But unfortunately it's a bit inconsistent. Some scenes are hilarious, and others drag on too long without payoff. Yet, is there a better lead in a comedy than Paul Rudd? I think not. So even when it slows down, this movie's still an enjoyable ride and you should go see it this weekend. I just wish it were a touch more consistent to get to that A- level, but I don't think it's quite there. Nevertheless I look forward to whatever's on deck in Wain's World. Ah, there it is.