In the land of raunchy comedies, Wanderlust roams somewhere in the middle of the pack, but with a steady flow of medium sized jokes, it can still entertain.
Produced under the Judd Apatow house, Wanderlust stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a newly unemployed New York couple. Forced to move to Atlanta and stay with a rude brother in law, they instead decide to join a hippie commune.
If not for the obvious direction of the plot, Wanderlust may have been a better film. It’s not a bad movie, just medium funny.
The fish out of water routine manages to stay fresh thanks to a cast of oddballs living at the commune including Alan Alda and the now grown-up teenager from Six Feet Under, Lauren Ambrose. The jokes flow through the outsiders response to the free love, extreme openness and quirky habits of the tribe, but none really draw the burst out laughter that the similarly raunchy Bridesmaids delivered in 2011.
The humor is in the playing off stereotypical things you think a hippie commune might do. The characters act silly while hallucinating on drugs. The newbies get real uncomfortable with the free love sexual dynamic and watching people squirm while their personal space is constantly invaded is just fun. You can also appreciate the satire on yuppie culture.
Considering the cast was mostly made from the alum of the comic troupe The State, later turned Reno911!, you can expect the same level of alternative comedy.
Sidenote: Wanderlust means a strong impulse to travel. These characters are more in search of themselves. Bad title