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Director: David Wain

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux


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Director David Wain (Role Models) teams up with producer Judd Apatow (Get Him to the Greek) for this comedy about an overtaxed Manhattan couple who move to a liberated community that rejects the rules of contemporary society. Urban


Director David Wain (Role Models) teams up with producer Judd Apatow (Get Him to the Greek) for this comedy about an overtaxed Manhattan couple who move to a liberated community that rejects the rules of contemporary society. Urban power couple George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are already buckling under the stress of living in the city when George loses his job. Desperate, they decide to move to Atlanta and stay with George's obnoxious brother until they can get back on their feet. Along the way, however, they find themselves venturing into Elysium, a small, free-spirited community where money has no value, clothes are strictly optional, and everyone works together to make life more meaningful. It's the perfect place for a stressed-out couple like George and Linda to breathe deep and put their lives into perspective. But will they remain in Elysium, or will the many temptations of the modern world ultimately prove too attractive to resist?

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
One of the most difficult balancing acts a comedy can pull off is to run towards absurdity while still telling a story that provides some emotional stakes for the characters. David Wain has never had a problem going for the outlandish and nonsensical, but he has been trying more and more to fashion real stories around his comedic flights of fancy. The Ten and Role Models each showed growth, but with Wanderlust, Wain not only gets the ratio of heart to humor better than he has before, he's also cooked up the best State-related project in the history of that comedy collective. Wanderlust stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as George and Linda, a pair of Manhattanites who are buying an apartment in the West Village as the film opens. They can barely afford the postage-stamp-sized dwelling, and when George unexpectedly loses his job, they are forced to give it up and move to Atlanta, where George's repellently obnoxious but highly successful brother Rick (Ken Marino) gives him a job. On their way there, George and Linda stop off for the night at what they think is a B&B, but is actually a commune called Elysium that's run by the pleasant but LSD-addled Carvin (Alan Alda). The couple, buoyed by excellent pot, unwind for the first time in years, soaking up the friendly vibe of the place. Though they do leave in the morning, George quickly gets fed up with his brother, and he and Linda return to Elysium to give hippie life, with its lack of privacy and its abundance of free love, a sincere try. Explaining this setup doesn't do an adequate job of capturing the film's tone, which allows for humor to come from almost anywhere at any time; there are stretches of Wanderlust that feel as jam-packed with throwaway bits as Airplane! or The Naked Gun. Some of the characters, like Rick's son, exist solely to deliver a single showstopping laugh, and then we never see them again. Even with the nonstop stream of jokes, however, the movie allows the growing conflicts between George and Linda -- she's not sure what she wants to do with her life, while he resents supporting them financially -- to keep us involved with the characters. When a love triangle develops as Elysium member Seth (Justin Theroux) begins putting the moves on Linda, the movie actually treats the emotional material with a great deal of respect. However, in this case, respect doesn't have anything to do with seriousness, and praise should go to Rudd, Aniston, and Theroux for somehow keeping their characters grounded, even as their behavior gets more outrageous. Every member of the ensemble cast gets at least one moment to shine. Joe Lo Truglio plays a nudist, winemaking, aspiring novelist, and takes maximum comedic advantage of his constantly disrobed state; Malin Akerman manages the rare feat of being simultaneously sexy and funny; and Lauren Ambrose nails her every appearance, especially in a scene in which her peaceful Earth Mother vibe is put to the test by childbirth. Of all the members of The State, David Wain has always been the most cinematically ambitious, and he gets better and better with each film he directs. If he just maintains the level of quality he hits with Wanderlust, we can rejoice in a unique comedic sensibility that can wring laughs from a giant coffee-drinking fly just as skillfully as it can from the frustrations of a housewife married to an aggressively annoying SOB. But if he keeps improving, and there's no reason to think he won't, Wain may one day be among the very few directors responsible for a cult classic (Wet Hot American Summer) as well as a genuine classic.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Wanderlust: the bizarro cut!; God Afton! Behind the scenes of Wanderlust; Wainy days: Elysium; Gag reel ; Line-o-rama

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Rudd George
Jennifer Aniston Linda
Justin Theroux Seth
Alan Alda Carvin
Malin Akerman Eva
Ken Marino Rick
Joe Lo Truglio Wayne
Kathryn Hahn Karen
Kerri Kenney-Silver Kathy
Lauren Ambrose Almond
Michaela Watkins Marisa
Jordan Peele Rodney
Linda Lavin Shari
Jessica St. Clair Deena Schuster
Todd Barry Sherm
Martin Thompson Dale
Ian Patrick Grisham
John D'Leo Tanner
Zandy Hartig Marcy
Keegan-Michael Key Marcy's Flunkie
Mather Zickel Jim Stansel
Juan C. Piedrahita Paco
Peter Salett Manfreddie
Patricia French Beverly
Nina Hellman Protester
Richard Jones Jerry Beaver
Juana Samayoa Stephanie Davis
David Cardenas Ronny Shames
Sharon Lubin Danielle Meltser
Vester Grayson Janie Brody
Ronald McFarlin Billy Marcus
Roger Pharham-Brown Glen Stover
Jim Moffatt Tony Piloski
Sung-Suk Garber Janice Woo
Craig Wedren Elysium Band Member
Amy Miles Elysium Band
Charles Gansa Elysium Band
Roberto Zincone Elysium Band
Francis Capitanelli Elysium Band

Technical Credits
David Wain Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Judd Apatow Producer
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Michael Bonvillain Cinematographer
Erin Cochran Art Director
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Susie Farris Casting
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Marino Producer,Screenwriter
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
David Moritz Editor
Robert Nassau Editor
Aaron Osborne Production Designer
Paul Rudd Producer
Glenn Rivers Set Decoration/Design
David Soldinger Associate Producer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Craig Wedren Score Composer
Lisa Yadavaia Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wanderlust
1. Micro-Loft [5:11]
2. Hbo [4:26]
3. Elysium [4:32]
4. Didgeridoo [3:34]
5. Skinny Style [7:06]
6. Rick's [5:16]
7. Welcome Home [5:03]
8. Two Princes [5:21]
9. Truth Circle [6:30]
10. Pond [:02]
11. Fly [5:28]
12. We're Staying [4:41]
13. Mirror [5:55]
14. Birth [4:53]
15. I'm Leaving [4:04]
16. Back at Rick's [4:34]
17. Nudist Winemakers [4:32]
18. Fight [3:37]
19. Atlanta PM [3:38]
20. End Credits [3:29]


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