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Wanderlust (Blu-ray Review)

15 Jun, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Street 6/19/12
Box Office $17.29 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.
Stars Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Alan Alda, Joe Lo Truglio, Lauren Ambrose, Kathryn Hahn.

The Wanderlust Blu-ray Disc is one of those rare treats where the bonus features are just as excellent as the film, if not more so.

Sure, the flick is as hilarious as expected with a cast headlined by Paul Rudd and with director David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) at the helm. George (Rudd) and his wife, Linda (Jennifer Aniston), see their promising New York City life upended and are forced to head to Atlanta to live with George’s chest-beating Neanderthal of a brother, played by Ken Marino who co-wrote the script.

Along the way George and Linda happen on a rural commune straight out of 1969: nudity, free love, vegan food and, of course, drugs. The two make a choice: Instead of trying to make it in the Atlanta porta potty business, they choose the commune … with laughable and disastrous results. Part of what makes Wanderlust work so well is the hilarity of even the bit players, from George’s beaten-down sister-in-law to the HBO executive who crucifies Linda’s penguin-with-testicular-cancer documentary.

Ah, but it’s the bonus features that truly delight here — they’re nearly ‘X’-rated. First, instead of deleted scenes, everything left on the cutting room floor is reinserted in a “Bizarro Cut” of the film. Skip the theatrical version and watch this instead. A gag reel is funny, a Line-o-Rama bonus on ad-libbing is great, but an entire eight-minute extra on one actor’s prosthetic penis (with him yelling at it constantly) will have you rolling. Another bonus has an actor in the flick doing an Obama impersonation, regaling the wonders of breasts, ad nauseam.

There’s also a making-of bit, an audio commentary and a short film about director Wain finding the Elysium commune much the way the movie’s characters did … except commune leader Alan Alda is actually controlling robots instead of people. Oh, and a woman pees in a cup.

Wanderlust has easy replay value, thanks to a unique fish-out-of-water story and wonderful writing for even the smallest roles. The bonuses round it up to a must-have Blu-ray.

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