Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules.

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David Wain

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David Wain (as David B. Wain), Ken Marino
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Paul Rudd ... George Gergenblatt
Jennifer Aniston ... Linda Gergenblatt
Justin Theroux ... Seth
Alan Alda ... Carvin Waggie
Malin Akerman ... Eva
Ken Marino ... Rick Gergenblatt
Joe Lo Truglio ... Wayne Davidson
Kathryn Hahn ... Karen
Kerri Kenney ... Kathy (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
Lauren Ambrose ... Almond Cohen
Michaela Watkins ... Marisa Gergenblatt
Jordan Peele ... Rodney Wilson
Linda Lavin ... Shari Selman
Jessica St. Clair ... Deena Schuster
Todd Barry ... Sherm
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In New York, the aspirant filmmaker Linda convinces her husband George Gergenblatt to buy an expensive Micro Loft apartment in Manhattan. Linda expects to sell a documentary about penguins to HBO to help the payment of the installments and George expects a promotion. However, HBO rejects the documentary and George's company has folded and he is fired. With the American financial crisis, they lose a large amount selling the apartment and George does not find a new job. George's brother Rick offers a job position in his company in Atlanta. They drive from New York to Atlanta and they decide to stop for the night in the hotel Elysium. However they see a naked man running toward their car and George tries to return to the highway but accidentally he turns his car over. Soon they learn the Elysium is a hippie and vegan community and the dwellers invite George and Linda to stay with them. However, they decide to go to Atlanta but soon George has an argument with his arrogant brother. George... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Leave your baggage behind.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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During the scene at Elysium where everyone is sitting around the 'truth circle' and George is given a bowl of Ayahuasca tea to drink, he smells it and passes it to Linda saying that the tea "smells like Willie Nelson's braids". Willie Nelson was the name of Paul Rudd's character's pet dog in the movie Our Idiot Brother (2011) which, besides Rudd, also starred Kathryn Hahn. See more »

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At the beginning when George is crossing the street in New York while talking on his phone, he walks in front of two yellow taxis. When he is hit by the yellow taxi, the camera cuts back to the original angle but the second taxi is now a blue/green sedan entering the intersection. See more »

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Linda: So what do you do when it rains?
Seth: I drink the nourishment that Gaia is feeding me through her cloud teats.
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After the credits have finished, there is a fake ad for The Real Housewives of Atlanta featuring Marisa and her son doing an introductory snippet. See more »

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Surprisingly Disappointing
16 June 2012 | by headstockiSee all my reviews

WANDERLUST - 5/10.

Being as I am more than fond of both Judd Apatow (Producer) and Paul Rudd (Lead Actor/Co. Producer) I was extremely eager to watch Wanderlust but came out of it disappointed and honestly quite shocked by the fact that Apatow had produced something so mediocre!

That being said I did laugh in this film on quite a few occasions actually, in particular the mirror scene which was to say the least hilarious. In my opinion it was these rare moments of overstated humour and light satire which made the film bearable. Another strong point is the running time; thankfully this film doesn't drag on too much to the point where it becomes tedious.

Rudd is consistently brilliant in nearly every release he has been in and Wanderlust is certainly no exception, but the person that stole the show for me personally was Joe Lo Truglio as Wayne the nudist novelist. I feel that in previous films Truglio has shined, never having a large part but still managing to have a huge impact on the overall humour of a film, notable examples are Kuzzick in Role Models (also alongside Rudd and director David Wain) and my personal favourite Lonnie in I Love You, Man (again, alongside Rudd). I feel that Truglio has this same effect in Wanderlust and that he played one of the more likable and overall interesting characters amongst a cast that is generally dull.

Jennifer Aniston tries. Everything she does in this film comes off as a bit too eccentric, for example the weird acid trip she has just felt awkward and kind of unnecessary. The only thing that the does to a truly good standard is playing the 'un-employed go-getter living in the midst of a bustling Manhattan' but to be fair this sort of role has got to be second nature for her. Frankly the more in-your-face kind of comedy is a little out of Aniston's comfort zone and this does show a bit in Wanderlust.

A lot of other reviews are advising you not to watch it but I disagree based on the fact that you could definitely do a lot worse. You should especially watch this if you enjoyed Wain's Wet Hot American Summer being as both films share a light form of satire. Wanderlust does not match Wet Hot American Summer in terms of overall comedy but I feel that the two are still comparable. Sure, nothing in Wanderlust is worth writing home about (apart from maybe the mirror scene which truly is, hilarious) and it is fairly forgettable but if you are ever in the mood for something light-hearted not to be taken too seriously kind of film then you can't go wrong with Wanderlust.


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$6,526,650, 26 February 2012

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