When it comes to Judd Apatow productions these days, there are a few things to expect. There will be lots of adult humor in so many forms. This doesn't mean its always going to work. Yet there were parts of this movie that were quite fun.
Its the story of George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston). A New York couple on the way to the top. But are suddenly stopped, right after finding that little studio of their dreams in the right neighborhood. Jobless and having to leave that life behind, they go to Georgia to move in with George's brother and his family. However, they find themselves at Elysium which is far more than a bed and breakfast. Its a free-spirited commune with lots of quirky characters.
This is where Justin Theroux steals the movie as hippie leader Seth. At the moment, in real life he's with Jennifer Aniston who knew each other..long before this movie. Here we have nudist Joe Lo Truglio, which we see so much more than we want to of him. But, Kathryn Hahn and Kerri Kenney really live the commune life. Add the beautiful Malin Akerman to sex things up and you've got a very interesting commune.
|Hahn makes an excellent hippie. She played Rudd's ex in OUR IDIOT BROTHER.|
Some of the worst part of the story was living the dream with George's brother Rick (Ken Marino). That sort of comedy got old fast and made it quite unrealistic. As well, there were a few gross monologues, even from George who's trying to get himself ready for some free love that's not with his wife. Even in the after credits Rudd was making himself disgusted as he had to look in the mirror and pour this gross sex talk out of himself.
Although, the story was basically about the couple and what really makes a home, and can you give up rules when it comes to that kind of strange Free Love Utopia?
|Lauren Ambrose was quite the scene stealer in the movie, too.|
Yet, I did find a few laughs in the movie to keep it going. Although, Aniston's topless scene didn't make it to the last cut. But I found that she really is a celebrity. And she doesn't really act. Yet, Jennifer is always herself. Of course, you might find Paul Rudd does what Paul Rudd does best, too.
Still, there were some fun parts to this movie. Its a fun movie that won't completely gross you out.
STORYLINE: Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules.