George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are stereotypical, high powered New Yorkers. When they both lose their jobs, they’re forced to sell their newly acquired matchbox of a flat and move in with George’s brother in Atlanta. Due to their host’s rude, condescending manner, their stay turns into a full blown disaster leading George and Linda to try living at the nearby commune, where the residents’ hippy, free love ways drive a wedge into their seemingly perfect relationship.

Paul Rudd is awesome. Some people have this natural quality that just draws you to them; something that makes it impossible to hate them. Whatever that quality is - charisma/charm/etc. - Rudd has it in spades. He, along with the rest of the cast who are all consistently better than the material they’ve been given, makes the film. While Rudd and Aniston mostly have to act awkward around their new housemates and aren’t really given much comedic material to work with, the supporting cast are walking stereotypes that lend themselves easily to comedy.

One of the standouts is Theroux, who plays a charismatic hippie whose knowledge of modern technology peaks at pagers and faxes and who’s trying desperately to get into Linda’s pants.

Take the cast away from the equation and Wanderlust is just a slight comedy that takes the mickey out of hippies in a light and fun but repetitive way. The film is pretty funny if not particularly memorable; it’s the kind that you watch when you just want something to brighten up your mood. The jokes won’t have you crying with laughter, but will still make you chuckle, especially the ones that involve Marino and Watkins as George’s asshole brother and exasperated sister-in-law whose bickering frequently steals the film from the peace and love part of the cast.

The ending wraps up the film in neat bow while simultaneously signifying everything that’s wrong with it; it relies far too much on clichés and uses the cast as a crutch in lieu of a proper story. The cast are so good that they show up just how middling and unoriginal the script is. The film deals with not only every stereotype about hippies but also clichés about corporate drones, awful business men and rich housewives, and it takes the most straightforward path possible when portraying each of them. Yes, they’re usually funny, but with a cast like this, you’d expect the film to be smart as well.