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Wanderlust Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

The road to nowhere. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Hemp hemp hooray! Read full review

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  • 3.0
    53

    out of 100

    Metascore®
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    So you think you've seen silly? And smarmy? And inept? Wait till you see Wanderlust, though that's just a figure of speech; I'm not suggesting that you actually lay eyes on this naked grab for box office bucks.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Some of the players are endearingly goofy in this good-natured comedy, particularly Rudd and Theroux. But Wanderlust trundles along unevenly, never reaching the cleverly raucous state it seeks.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston find themselves at home here, playing against a stock-raising performance by Justin Theroux as the charismatic libertine who prompts their adventure.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I don't know what tools of the trade Paul Rudd and director David Wain share to dream up the kind of inspired nutso stuff Rudd has done in smart-funny-raunchy winners like "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Role Models." But whatever it is, the two are in a groove - and backed up by some blissed-out creative co-conspirators.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Mature comedy offers lots of raunchy comedy -- plus nudity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wanderlust -- which stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd and was produced by Judd Apatow -- delivers a lot of the same kind of very edgy material for which Apatow's other crowd-pleasing films (including Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) are known. There's frequent strong sexual content, full-frontal nudity (many characters are nudists), lots of strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," and many more), drinking, and drug use (pot). The jokes are raunchy, scatological, sex-charged, and plentiful.

  • Families can talk about how the filmmakers deal with the fine line between being crude and being funny. Which side do they fall on more often? Who decides where that line falls to begin with?
  • Are positive take aways harder to find in this kind of movie? What stays with you longer -- the raunchy humor or the more emotional messages?
  • How does the movie portray sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Why are George and Linda drawn to Elysium? What makes a commune attractive, and what doesn't?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Couples need to allow each other to grow in order for relationships to be successful -- but it's important to be respectful while doing so. Also, material possessions aren't everything. But neither is extremism just for the sake of extremism.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: George and Linda care about each other a lot; they don't always make the right choices, but in the end, they hold their relationship dear. Also, there's something to be said for the commune members, who know how to live with all types of personalities and quirks. (Though that doesn't stop the movie from portraying some of them with pretty broad, semi-stereotypical strokes.)

What to watch for
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    Violence: Moments played for laughs include a fist fight between two men over a woman, who later joins the fracas. She also slaps her husband. A man pitches a fit in the middle of a family breakfast, throwing his plate on the floor and punching a cabinet. Later, his relative throws a plate, too.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Nudists walk around naked; everything, including their genitalia, is visible (in one scene, a crowd of them even runs in slow motion). Couples freely discuss swapping partners; a man discovers that his wife has slept with someone else, and he, too, flirts with someone else's partner. Lots of jokes about sex, body parts, and affairs. Loving couples kiss and snuggle with each other; one duo is shown under the covers presumably after having had sex. Male news anchors make sexist jokes about a female colleague. A woman discusses a sex toy with her sister-in-law. A woman delivers her own baby in a birth scene.

  • language false4

    Language: Very frequent strong language by most characters, including a child who says "f--k." Other words include "s--t," "ass," d--k," "p---y," "t-t," "hell," "ass," "oh my God," "goddamn," "screw" and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: For a movie with a fairly anti-consumerist message, Wanderlust name-drops and displays labels a lot, including Apple MacBook, iPhone, Blackberry, Kinko's, Moet & Chandon, Embassy Suites, Wellbutrin, SkyMall, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of wine drinking and pot smoking, as well as a hallucination-inducing tea that's drunk as part of a "truth circle." Some discussions about what it's like to get high. A woman nurses margaritas and mimosas seemingly all day long to cope with her vacuous life and philandering husband.

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