Wanderlust Takes an Uncomfortable Journey
- Friday, February 24, 2012
It comes as no surprise when the first name to appear in the end credits is that of producer Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids). Wanderlust is right in his wheelhouse—centered on a man in the midst of a romantic and professional crisis who makes a series of bad decisions before figuring out the way to happiness. To conclude that the characters made the right decision is beside the point. We’re not invested in these characters or their sense of fulfillment. The narrative is just an excuse for a series of gags, some bordering on and tipping over into outrageous territory. When it doesn’t get too close to that territory, Wanderlust is mildly amusing, but it goes too far too often and leaves viewers with nothing to take away.
You’ll forget the laughs within a few hours, but the stuff that’s bothersome will linger. Why put yourself through that?
- Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; multiple “f” words; crude sexual references and anatomical references; a middle finger is extended; other foul language; George speaks to a mirror rehearsing several explicit versions of a sexual come-on.
- Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Drinking and several scenes of drug use; drug-related hallucinations.
- Sex/Nudity: George and Linda lay on a bed and kiss, then fall asleep; male and female rear and frontal nudity; man in briefs jumps into a lake, and others say they’re skinny dipping; a woman says her menstrual cycle has started again; George rolls off Linda in bed; Rick grabs his crotch and makes a crude gesture; Rick’s wife tells Linda she owns a sex toy; a woman alludes to past involvement in pornography; Linda and others appear topless, or completely nude, on camera for a news story, where their anatomy is pixeled out for broadcast; George is shown sitting on the toilet; Seth tells George he made love to Linda; George decides to have sex with Eva; a wine tasting event for nudists; an image of people having sex.
- Violence/Crime: A man is hit by a car after he walks into traffic; a man smashes a plate in anger; George falls to the ground when a roof he’s working on collapses.
- Marriage/Religion: George and Linda try an “open marriage” lifestyle; Marissa laments Rick’s affairs, and eventually confronts him over his actions; Seth refers to God as “her”; a pregnant woman tells George it might be divinely inspired that he visited her.
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