Aniston and Rudd click in quirky rom-com Wanderlust

THE characters in David Wain’s Wanderlust are forced to take a leap of faith as their dreams and plans disappear before their eyes, forcing them to embark on an adventure in which societal conventions are left behind.

Tuesday, 13th March 2012, 11:05 am

The couple in question is George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) who are blissfully unaware that they simply don’t have what it takes to make it in the Big Apple.

After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta.

On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon an idyllic community populated by colourful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things.

Money? It can’t buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them.

Is this the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?

A great deal of fun is generated with the tension that develops between George and Linda.

Initially he’s eager to live rent-free with nothing expected from him while she has reservations, however the tables turn once Seth (Justin Theroux) catches Linda’s eye and suddenly the notion of free love doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

Pairing up for the first time since 1998’s The Object Of My Affection, Rudd and Aniston are a natural fit and click so well, and credibly, as a screen couple in Wanderlust, you may wonder why they couldn’t be a go-to pairing for just about any quirky romcom.

This film isn’t going to stick in your mind because of a stirring and original narrative or heart-wrenching lead performance; it’s going to stick there because it is just good fun, plain and simple.

It is also hilarious: the mixture of breezy ad-libbing, masterful comic timing, and a brilliantly observant script combining to make the most dismissive viewer chuckle.