Random Trailer Watching – Wanderlust

On a visit to IMDB this morning, I watched a trailer for a movie called Wanderlust.  It was center on the homepage and showed a picture of Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, but there was only one reason I was particularly interested in clicking on it: I had never heard of it before.

I like both stars.  Paul Rudd has a now well-defined tendency to play not quite against his good looks, but to use them well in some off-center roles.  And, while not particularly a Friends fan, I have always found Jennifer Aniston appealing.  Her recent role in Horrible Bosses has certainly boosted her comedic reputation and, hopefully, will broaden the parts she is offered.

As shown in the Wanderlust trailer, these two play married, successful, and straightforward professional types who wind up in a commune.  Before they get there though, comes the first real positive sign: Ken Marino as Rudd’s obnoxious brother.  I’m happy anytime I see an alumnus from The State in a high-profile movie.  And what I’ve learned is that if there’s one member of this troupe around, chances are that there are probably more.

A minute later, Joe LoTruglio arrives – stark naked.  Soon after comes Kerry Kenney.  A check of the movie’s details turn up that it was written by the fore-mentioned Marino with David Wain, and directed by Wain.  (It also notes a release date of February 2012.)

In addition to former State-ees, the preview showcased a number of other promising faces.  Only recently, while watching an episode of Parenthood, I wondered what Lauren Ambrose was up to (with her former television brothers from Six Feet Under both in highly visible and popular shows).  Well, here she is.  Also joining the crowd are Malin Akerman, Ray Liotta, and comedy royalty Alan Alda.  As far as pure trailer appeal goes, you can never go wrong with a little of Elvis Costello’s Peace, Love and Understanding.

The trouble with a lot of comedies out there is that they either play too close to the middle and you wind up with a pretty mundane ninety-minutes, or they strategically reach too far and end up with something shocking, but not really amusing.

 While the premise of Wanderlust seems to be of the standard fish-out-of-water variety, for those of you familiar with the talents involved here – and their clearly off-kilter sensibilities – you know as well as I do: this could be very funny.

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