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WONDERLUST (2012)
 
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Release Date: February 24, 2012
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: David Wain
Screenwriter: Ken Marino, David Wain
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Alan Alda
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use)
Official Website: Wanderlustmovie.net | Facebook

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star in "Wanderlust," a raucous comedy from director David Wain ("Role Models") and producer Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up") about a couple who leaves the pressures of the big city and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself.

George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. 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 Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful 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 Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?

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WONDERLUST (2012) Visual Review
PAUL RUDD (Role Models, I Love You, Man) and JENNIFER ANISTON (Horrible Bosses, The Break-Up) star in Wanderlust, the comedy from director DAVID WAIN (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) and producer JUDD APATOW (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up) about a harried couple who leave the pressures of the big city and join a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself.



(iPad/iPhone here) Trailer. Plot - George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters.


Themes in Wanderlust
Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start that George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?


DAVID WAIN (Written by/Directed by/Produced by) directed and co-wrote the hit comedy Role Models.


JENNIFER ANISTON (Linda) and PAUL RUDD (George/Produced by)


JUSTIN THEROUX (Seth) and MALIN AKERMAN (Eva)


KATHRYN HAHN (Karen) ALAN ALDA (Carvin)


Screenwriter Ken Marino: "We thought it would be interesting to create a comedy where a couple has temptations in a world where you could argue that it's okay to break all of the rules of civilized society. We figured this notion would make for an interesting comedy that hasn't necessarily been done before."



(iPad/iPhone here) The movie questions the saneness of “normal” life.
Clip: Rick And Marisa Welcome George And Linda To Their House



Director Wain acknowledges that he's long been fascinated by the reality of human nature versus how we like to imagine ourselves --and our attempt to escape our inherent jealousy and selfishness. "The core of this movie explores the idea of a commune functioning in today's world. It's about people trying to rise above human nature, but who ultimately can't."



(iPad/iPhone here) The questionable value of money.
Clip: George And Linda Try To Pay For Their Stay At Elysium.



Though George is hesitant to indulge in too many of the commune's temptations of drugs, free love and no boundaries, his wife grows to love it. As Linda becomes fully immersed, George realizes how much she means to him and that he doesn't want to share her within the communal setting. "We wrote this so that viewers get that there are two sides," says Wain. "Linda goes off the deep end, but it's at her husband's urging. Little does either of them know at the beginning just how deep of an impact Elysium will have on their future together."



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: George Explains Elysium’s Philosophy Of Free Love To Linda.
(What is the meaning of sex, free love and consequences?)


Remoteness Brings Closeness.
The remoteness of the locale drew cast and crew closer together. "There were no other cast members except for this tight ensemble-and that's it," notes Wain. "It was a real bonding experience."



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: George Kills A Defenseless Animal (a mere fly) At Lunch.
Where do you draw lines on violence and killing? When, if ever, is killing okay?


Principal photography began in the rural North Georgia Mountains, where cast and crew filmed for six weeks at a 200-acre compound near the town of Clarkesville.


On set, familiarity bred improvisation to the point where the cast created an "alt" version of the script. Wain: “We did a mix… We always shot the scripted version, which is probably the funniest, but David knew that there were certain funny things that you can only discover once you start to shoot. Certain lines would just pop out of the hopper, and some were unbelievably funny."


The costume designer McGuire says that Linda's character undergoes the most dramatic transformation and journey in the comedy: "Linda starts out as the New York sophisticate, yet when she arrives at the commune, she is blown away by all of the freedom of expression…. When Linda is having an acid trip, she wears a black tank top and cut-off shorts. Later on, she ends up wearing this fabulous sweater of many colors"


The bottom line value in this story:
Ultimately, life is about the value of relationships.


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