The Bounty Hunter

Rated PG-13 106 min. 2010

Jennifer Aniston is Nicole Hurley, a hard-hitting investigative reporter (it’s called suspension of disbelief) who misses a trial date for one of those silly charges that only make it to court in the movies by pursuing a hot lead on a story. Gerard Butler is Milo Boyd, a hard-drinking bounty hunter, who also happens to be Nicole’s ex-husband. Wouldn’t you know it? Milo gets sent to bring in his ex-wife — and he loves the idea. But do they still really love each other? If you can’t answer that, you need to get out more. If that’s not enough to induce convulsions of laughter, the script is filled with complications of both the comedic and action/thriller kind. Nicole is saddled with a love-struck weasel named Stewart (Jason Sudeikis), with whom she ill-advisedly made out with at a drunken Christmas party. She also has goons from that hot lead out to kill her. Milo, for his part, has some low-rent kneecapping specialists after him for gambling debts. There’s also a potentially duplicitous best friend of the leads, Bobby (Dorian Messick), who expends a lot of energy casting suspicion on himself. The problem isn’t just that none of this festoonery of subplots is interesting or compelling; it’s that they’re in the service of a romance between two of the most charmless characters ever to have a movie built around them. The film’s idea of romantic banter is nailed in the opening scene. Stuck in the trunk of Butler’s car, Aniston lights a flare so the smoke will make him let her out. When Butler opens the trunk, Aniston punches him in the crotch and runs. That’s as sophisticated as it gets.

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Official Site: thepursuitbegins.com

Director: Andy Tennant

Writer: Sarah Thorp

Cast: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Natalie Morales, Cathy Moriarty, Daisy Tahan, Siobhan Fallon, Ruby Feliciano and Dorian Missick

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