"Wanderlust" is the latest comedy from David Wain about an out of work New York couple who find refuge in an unconventional commune while on their journey toward self-discovery. It's quite obvious from the get-go that this is a film that happily shoots for middlebrow mediocrity and commercial appeal relying heavily on gross out gags such as penis visuals (mostly thanks to a continually naked Joe Lo Truglio, playing a good-natured nudist) to dangling placenta and public defecation rather than actual true comedic jokes.
The film stars Paul Rudd (George) and Jennifer Aniston (Linda), who after having seen their upwardly-mobile New York life derailed by a layoff, George and Linda intend to regroup while living with George's brother Rick in Georgia. Only after an accidental pit stop at Elysium
, a hedonistic "intentional community" (don't call the commune) the couple was decide that Rick's bullying is just too much to stomach so they put materialism on hold and try living with the hippies.
George and Linda don't fit in very well at first at Elysium with its thick pot smoke filled air and sound of didgeridoos but eventually they hand up liking and they're very much— and especially liking the version of themselves it's permissiveness brings out which is why they end up staying there for a couple weeks. This helped set up many fish out of water antics in the film, especially for Rudd, who actually shines as the straight man in the midst of all these zany characters.
If you're looking for a structured film that is well written in narrative based then this definitely isn't the film for you. However, if you love poop jokes in stoner flicks then this probably will be the best film you see all year.
"Wanderlust,'' a Universal Pictures release, is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use. Running time: 98 minutes. I give "Wanderlust" 2 out of 5 stars. Do yourself a favor and catch this one on Netflix if you have your heart set on watching it because it's not really worth the theater admittance fee.