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About the Movie

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star in this laugh-out-loud comedy about leaving it all behind. After George (Rudd) loses his high-stress Manhattan job, he and his wife, Linda (Aniston), hit the road and wind up crashing at Elysium, a free-spirited community of hippies, tree-huggers and the occasional nudist. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda, Wanderlust has “more laughs than I’ve had at the movies in a very long time.” (Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 140
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 58
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Paul Rudd is the best friend a movie comedy can have. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 26, 2012

Rotten: A comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases... – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Feb 24, 2012

Fresh: It's hard to remember a comedy so populated with good character bits. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Feb 29, 2012

Rotten: Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews


I had very little, if any, expectations when I rented "Wanderlust" at a hotel. It looked like a decent R-rated comedy, so I decided to check it out. And it was actually pretty good. In fact, it ended up being a laugh riot. The story was simple enough: A middle-aged couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) facing financial ruin leave their Manhattan home and happen to stumble upon a hippie commune, where they decide they don't want to leave. Hilarity ensues. While the movie never really takes its zany premise to the next level, it does benefit from some hilariously off-the-wall performances from its talented cast. Justin Theroux, in particular, had me laughing my butt off at times. I was also pleasantly surprised at how strong the chemistry was between Rudd and Aniston, who got to share a few great comedic moments together. I just wish I could've seen more of Alan Alda's character since his dialogue was some of the funniest in the entire film, but I digress. And even though "Wanderlust" was spot-on when it came to its hysterical and outrageously crude scenes, which came sporadically but were delivered with excellent execution, it did suffer from its share of flaws. The plot felt unbalanced most of the time, the pacing was a bit off and some of the characters were either too clichéd or uninteresting to remember. But other than that, it was a fun, top-notch comedy. Sure, it isn't as memorable as "Anchorman" or "Superbad", but if you need a good laugh, you can always rent this movie to get your fill.

A Woodstock of Laughs

Wanderlust is flat out hysterical. If you have been waiting for some real "I Love You, Man" style comedy from Paul Rudd, look no further. Wanderlust is a Paul Rudd jackpot, and if you thought "Slappin Da Bass" was funny, just wait until you see what he does here… Also, this movie as a whole is great fun. Rudd and Aniston make a great pair. Considering Horrible Bosses, Aniston has been making some great choices, and she's really funny too. I also enjoyed the whole community of Elysium, serving as a great throwback to the hippies of the 60's, plus we get some truly outrageous hippy craziness that will leave you in stitches. Also, be on the look out for some huge laughs from Ken Marino as the brother of Paul Rudd's character. Wanderlust is one of the best times i had watching a movie this year, and as far as David Wain is concerned, this is a nice improvement over the rather bland and not too funny Role Models. Don't let this one pass you by, see it now!


I caught myself grinning throughout the entire film. In my opinion, it's not the best R-rated comedy out there, but it was worth the 10$ for the ticket. I definitely recommend it. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston have great chemistry, and the plot was freaking hysterical. I was happy. Its real good time!