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Bounty Hunter, The (Blu-ray Review)

13 Jul, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 7/13/10
Sony Pictures
Box office $66.94 million
$28.95 DVD, $38.96 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence.
Stars Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski, Jeff Garlin.

The Bounty Hunter is one of those movies that tries to be all things to every possible demographic.

During the making of the movie, the tabloids were rife with stories of a supposed romance between stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, and their chemistry gives the film the aura of an old-time romantic comedy. But The Bounty Hunter also wants to be a buddy movie, a cop drama, a journalistic thriller and a road trip story.

The intriguing set-up involves an investigative reporter named Nicole (Aniston), who is doing a story about a mysterious suicide. In following up a lead, however, she misses a court date for a misdemeanor charge relating to a traffic stop. The bench warrant to bring her in is taken up by her ex-husband, Milo (Butler), a bounty hunter who used to be a cop, which works out well for the plot when Nicole’s investigation uncovers corruption at the police department. Milo is himself the target of a bookie to whom he owes a sizable debt.

Soon enough, all the relevant characters are either chasing someone or being chased, or both. But the film is paced with little sense of urgency as it sets up gags most viewers will see coming from a mile away.

The Blu-ray Disc of The Bounty Hunter is rather light on extras, consisting of three short featurettes. One is a typical behind-the-scenes program in which the various cast and crew sit around the set and praise each other. Another is a more interesting tour of the various locations used in the film. The final touch is what appears to be a promotional clip about how to outwit a bounty hunter.

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