David Wain, the writer and director behind 2001 cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer and the mildly received Role Models (2008), returns to familiar yet intriguing terrain with Wanderlust (2012), a new film produced by Judd Apatow, the man many believe to be the ‘mastermind’ of modern day American comedy, and starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.
Married couple George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) decide to pack up their lives and head off into the unknown in search of adventure. Happening across a hippie commune near Georgia, George and Linda tangle themselves in a web of self-expression, nudity and swinging.
As crass and basic as it may sound, Wanderlust offers more than your average R-rated comedy. Featuring a cast headlined by Rudd and Aniston – both of which starred in the hit TV show Friends – as well as a host of recognisable supporting players including Alan Alda, Lauren Ambrose, Justin Threoux and Malin Akerman, it certainly has potential – and the stamp of approval by one of Hollywood’s most adored producers.
The trailer and poster may not be anything to rave about, and it might be a concern to some that Universal have been quite reluctant to do much promotion for the film up to now, but there sure seems to be enough energy, wit and escapism to entice the targeted demographic.
At a time when awards-worthy films are concluding their runs and audiences are looking to be rewarded with some life and humour for their ticket cost, Wain’s Wanderlust could be just what the doctor ordered.
Wanderlust will be released in UK cinemas on 2 March. Watch the trailer below: