THE BOUNTY HUNTER
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 10, 2010
Jennifer Aniston in “Friends” equals a thumbs up. Gerard Butler in just about everything equals a thumbs up. Would it not make sense then that “The Bounty Hunter” would equal a thumbs up? The answer ends up “no”. For a romantic comedy, “The Bounty Hunter” contains no laughs, little to no action, and forgettable performances from both parties.
The sad fact of the matter is that Jennifer Aniston is getting old. And though there is still a role for her somewhere (look at Courtney Cox in “Cougar Town”), this one was just not the part for her. Do not get me wrong, Aniston looks absolutely gorgeous not just on the cover of the film, but also when she’s straddling Butler in her waist high skirt and running through the horse racing stadium in her high-heels, but look closely and the crows-feet are a-creeping in. Nothing against Aniston what-so-ever, but that makes the difference between a Butler & Katherine Heigl pairing in “The Ugly Truth” (which is pretty much what this film was, minus Heigl) and the unnatural pairing of Aniston & Butler.
The plot of “The Bounty Hunter” was interesting for the first few minutes of the film. Butler, the bounty hunter for which the film is named, is hired to bring in his ex-wife. From there, you can guess that through butting heads and close encounters, the two begin to reignite the flame that was missing from their previous relationship. The side plot conspiracy theory is completely laughable and only exists to drive the film through its lack of a real plot and relying on the unexciting banter between Aniston and Butler.
Had the film been filled with hilarious side characters like many romantic comedies these days, it could have been sustainable. The inclusion of SNL’s Jason Sudeikis was a step in the right direction, but with the rest of the cast a bunch of nobodies, it is hard to even care for anyone else in the film.
The only conclusion I can possibly come to is: what did I expect? Though the recent string of romantic comedies have found ways to be relevant and ground-breaking, “The Bounty Hunter” had little to no appeal by the end credits and opened my eyes to the fact that perhaps the days of Jennifer Aniston are best left in the glory years of Friends.
March 19, 2010
(for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence)
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