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Wanderlust (2012)

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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.



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Leave your baggage behind.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locura en el paraíso  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,526,650 (USA) (24 February 2012)


$17,225,675 (USA) (30 March 2012)

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Did You Know?


In an episode of Friends (1994), Jennifer Aniston says of Ross "If I squint, he looks like Alan Alda". She has starred with Alda in two movies. See more »


When they are first pouring the margaritas they are on the rocks. In the next scene the margaritas are frozen. See more »


Marcy: It just doesn't fit the HBO brand. We do violence and heartache but it's sexy. Do you understand?
Linda: Of course, what was I thinking? I mean you know what we could do? We could throw in some vampires in there to have sex with the penguins, and then you could have brooding sexy little vampire penguins. Would that work for your brand? What if the polar bears were hookers and on meth and then just show their tits for no reason? How would that work?
Marcy: I think you're joking but if you could do that that ...
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User Reviews

Flawed but funny, edgy comedy
17 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not the usual rom-com formula you'd expect from the leads, which might explain the poor reviews here. This starts with great promise as a satire of American society - epitomized by the wonderfully crass, materialistic brother - with some great laugh-out loud moments as the American dream goes wrong for Judd and Aniston. The humour is often off-beat and at times anarchic, such as when the horse appears in the couple's doorless room at the commune. Ultimately though, it just wants to poke fun at everyone and loses the plot, ending up as the formulaic rom-com it promised not to be. You really get the feeling this is an intelligent script put through the studio wringer. Judd's mirror scene is a weird low point, proving that improvisational riffing is often just a self-indulgent waste of screen time. If full-frontal male nudity (one of the commune's main characters is a perpetual nudist) and off-beat attempts at satire offend, you won't like this, but there are good laughs to outweigh the flaws.

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