Inside Pulse » Jennifer Aniston A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:42:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Jennifer Aniston We’re The Millers – Review Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:00:37 +0000
A hit and miss comedy that misses on nearly every joke

There was a point in life where you really felt bad for Jennifer Aniston, as much as you can for a multimillionaire actress who never would have to work another day in her life if she didn’t want to. She was the woman scorned in the love triangle involving her, Brad Pitt (her onetime husband) and Angelina Jolie as well as a number of high profile romances that soured. She had the big romance on Friends but never in real life, it seemed, and she showed genuine promise as an actress as well.

After rave reviews in The Good Girl and an underrated turn as the femme fatale in Derailed she settled into being just another actress but somehow her lack of good films, or interesting roles, never really affected her career for significant stretches. You could still pity her and the glow from The Good Girl gave us a similar feeling as Almost Famous did for Kate Hudson; another bad romantic comedy from either actress was almost forgivable because for some reason there’s always been a feeling that the talent that fueled one breakthrough performance could come out one more time.

Eventually the world gave up on Hudson, chalking up her role as Penny Lane as the high water mark of her career that could never be achieved again. It was a fluke performance, nothing more, and remains the aberration in an otherwise unremarkable career. And after We’re the Millers it’s tempting to do the same with Aniston; her stint on Friends and the indie film that showcased a brilliant performance is so far in the past now that Aniston’s true talent has finally risen to the surface: a pretty face with not much talent behind it.

We’re the Millers is a simple film. Jason Sudeikis is a low level drug dealer in deep to his wholesaler (Ed Helms) and agrees to go on a mission for him. He’s to procure a “smidge” of Marijuana for him, over the border in Mexico, and transport it home for $100,000. To that end he recruits the local runaway (Emma Roberts), the geeky kid in his apartment building (Will Poulter) and a stripper (Aniston) to pose as a family with him as they smuggle that “smidge” of the wacky tobacco over the border. Shenanigans ensue, of course, as not all that is planned goes accordingly.

Poised as a comedy, and with a fairly stacked cast to boot, this isn’t a funny film. At all.

There is so much potential to this film that it’s almost painful at just how profoundly unfunny it is. Nearly every joke is transparent and easy to predict; this is a film that goes for the easy joke so often that there’s nothing all that complex. When the film’s crowning joke is Poulter being bit in the nuts by a tarantula, and it’s not all that funny in the first place, it makes for a bad time at the cinema.

Aniston is by far the film’s weakest link, given a role mainly to do the one thing she’s not been particularly great at: using her sex appeal. Aniston’s strengths as a comedic actor are always playing against her good looks and this film needs an actress who oozes sexuality. Aniston has always worked best as the “girl next door type” as opposed to the “sex kitten” type. It’s what made her that much stronger in Derailed; she’s not going to be a jaw dropper in Hollywood but she could be anywhere else. This is a film that needs someone who can work that sort of sleazy sex appeal a movie stripper should have; Aniston is just a bad casting choice and it’s compounded by not giving her much to work with outside of “obligatory romantic lead” to Sudeikis.

Sudeikis is really trying hard in this one, much like A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, but isn’t given all that much to work with either. He’s slowly developing into a comedic actor who just plays the same type of role, the smarmy wise-ass, instead of having different characters. His best material is in the film’s first trailer and there’s nothing else of note that he provides in the film.

We’re the Millers is an awful, awful comedy and shouldn’t be viewed by anybody. Recommendation to avoid at all costs.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer: Bob Fisher & Steve Faber and Sean Anders & John Morris
Notable Cast:
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn, Ed Helms×120.jpg

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Wanderlust – Review Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:00:35 +0000
Sporadically funny but ultimately unfulfilling

Wanderlust has a comedic pedigree that would seem to put it towards being much better than it turns out. With David Wain behind the camera, as well as one of the credited screenwriters, you’d think with a cast this strong that Wanderlust would be the sort of infectious black comedy that would be remarkably hilarious.

Unfortunately a number of good laughs end up going nowhere as the film has a series of one-off gags that don’t get built upon.

The film has a terrific premise. George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) area couple from New York that decide to buy an apartment in the West Village when everything bottoms out. George loses his job shortly thereafter and with Linda’s career as a documentary filmmaker going nowhere they end up leaving New York City for the South. The couple winds up at a hippie commune for a night before George takes on a job with his jerk brother (Ken Marino) in Atlanta, GA in an attempt to start over. When George opts not to work in the construction related job his brother offers, the two opt to make commune life a permanent one. As they struggle with the decision, the film follows the couple as they discover a lot about themselves individually and as a couple as they opt to try and make it work while wanting to return to the real world.

The problem is that the film takes all the clichés of hippies and communes but doesn’t add anything into it to make it interesting or unique. We’re presented a non-stop avalanche of clichés and archetypes but nothing beyond that. There are plenty of spots where the film could become more than the easy joke and the predictable plot development. It could be helped if the film’s female lead in Jennifer Aniston was anything beyond the character type she’s been playing she was Rachel on Friends.

The further we get from The Good Girl the more it’s looking like an anomaly as opposed to proof that she has an inner actress inside of her as opposed to a really refined television character stretched out for film. She’s charismatic and easy on the eyes but unfortunately Linda isn’t any different from the handful of characters she’s played over any number of romantic comedies. She’s not mailing it in but what could be a fascinating character is turned into every other character in nearly every other film she’s been in. We’ve seen this before and she doesn’t add anything into to make it engaging. Paul Rudd isn’t given much more, as he’s playing the usual character type he’s been typecast as, but he doesn’t stand out as much as Aniston does.

Wanderlust has such a stellar supporting cast that you’d think it’d turn out to be something more but unfortunately they’re not given anything of note to work with. This is just a number of clichéd characters that you could replace with unknowns and get the same exact effect that this supporting cast provides. It’s a case of famous people playing typical roles that could’ve been done on a cheaper scale with unknowns and have virtually the same effect.

It’s kind of a shame because David Wain is known for really good comedies. Having scripted the film as well it’s a shame because there’s something more to the film that’s waiting to be exploited that he doesn’t tap into. He goes for the easy jokes instead of the more complex, which is a shame because it takes what could be a brilliant comedy and lets it slide to mediocre.

Director: David Wain
Notable Cast: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kathryn Hahn, Kerry Kenney-Silver, Lauren Ambrose
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Just Seen It Movie Review: Wanderlust [Video] Sat, 25 Feb 2012 06:30:55 +0000 After he loses his job, George and his wife Linda must moves from NYC to live with his brother in Atlanta. But on their drive south, they discover a commune right out of the 1960s. Deciding to leave the rat race behind, George and Linda give the commune life a try in WANDERLUST. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda and Malin Akerman. Directed by David Wain. Written by David Wain and Ken Marino. Produced by Judd Apatow, Ken Marino and David Wain. Genre: Comedy.

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New Red Band Trailer For Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston Vehicle Wanderlust Debuts [Video] Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:00:56 +0000 A new red band trailer for Wanderlust has found its way online in advance of its release this upcoming Friday. You can view it below.

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Paul Rudd Shows Jennifer Aniston His Guitar Skills In Wanderlust Clip [Video] Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:00:46 +0000 A clip from Wanderlust with Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and a number of fairly funny people has been released.

Plot Summary: A New York couple, George and Linda (Rudd, Aniston), are forced to move out of the city after George loses his job. After trying a few living arrangements that fail horribly, they eventually decide to move to a hippy commune.

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Horrible Bosses 2: Horribler Bosses (Title Pending) In The Works Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:30:30 +0000 People must really like seeing employers getting their just desserts. Maybe it has something to do with Wall St. and the 99% percent. Whatever the case may be, Horrible Bosses did so well that a sequel is now in development. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis will be back again to face unruly employers. Could this possibly mean a zombified Colin Farrell?

Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been brought back to pen the sequel, though plot details are nil. Unless this series becomes an anthology with new employees and new bosses, I don’t know how a sequel could proceed. No doubt the filmmakers will look to cast other high-profile actors as bad bosses should the opportunity present itself. As for Seth Gordon helming the sequel, he may become unavailable if MGM’s WarGames ramps into production.×120.jpg

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First Look: Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston In Wanderlust Trailer Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:39:16 +0000 Universal Pictures has unveiled its first trailer for its upcoming Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aninston-starring comedy Wanderlust over at Yahoo! Movies.

Plot Synopsis: From director David Wain (Role Models) and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) comes the new comedy about a couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) who leaves the pressures of living and working in Manhattan and joins a freewheeling community, full of colorful characters, where the only rule is to be yourself.

Joining Rudd and Aniston in the comedy are Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Alan Alda. David Wain, who previously directed the comedy Role Models (also starring Rudd), co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator Ken Marino.

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Horrible Bosses – Review (2) Sun, 10 Jul 2011 04:00:22 +0000 Raunchy comedy almost overcomes weak story ]]>
Raunchy comedy almost overcomes weak story

One of the more amusing things about the surprise hit Bridesmaids is that while it isn’t all that funny it has a terrific story that is rather engaging. The story is what keeps us there, despite a big portion of the jokes not hitting as often as a high quality raunchy comedy ought to. The exact opposite of this is Horrible Bosses, which hits a remarkably high percentage of jokes despite its overall plot falling apart all over the place.

Nick (Jason Bateman) is an executive who works for a slave-driver (Kevin Spacey) who works him excessively hard under the guise of promotion, then cruelly takes it away. Dale (Charlie Day) is a dental assistant who has a sexy boss (Jennifer Anniston) who sexually harasses him in remarkable ways. Kurt (Jason Sudekis) loves his job but hates the cocaine-addicted amoral imbecile (Colin Farrell) who inherited the family business. All three reach the same point in their lives: their bosses need to be am-scrayed for them to be happy in life. Consulting with an ex-con (Jamie Foxx) who advises them on the ways of murder, the three conspire to kill one another’s bosses.

But it’s not the story that’ll hook you. If it was it’d be much stronger and cleaner than the one that wound up on screen. This is a film that really doesn’t know the sort of tone and pace it wants to maintain. Part comedic drama and part farce, the film can’t find a happy medium between them that it wants to stay at. After we establish that all three bosses are remarkably miserable, and the misery they inflict upon their employees, the film goes off the rails early and often. The characters are poorly written whose motivations tend to change depending on what the film needs them to be funny. And with all of this going against it, something magical happens.

Nearly every single joke hits, almost overcoming the film’s lack of a strong narrative arc.

This is easily the funniest film of 2011 and might wind up being the funniest film of the year, if only because of how many jokes just work so well. This is a funny script and it doesn’t hurt that the three principles work remarkably well together. Bateman and Sudeikis are seasoned professionals when it comes to this, obviously, but the film’s breakout star is Charlie Day.

A longtime cast member of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he nearly stole Going the Distance a year ago and nearly does the same with this film. Any time he’s on the screen it’s nearly impossible not to laugh at him. He has a manic energy that works well alongside the more passive posturing of Bateman and Sudeikis; the three have a strong chemistry with one another that carries this film much further than it should be by all rights.

Horrible Bosses winds up being a funny film that just doesn’t have the basic framework to be brilliant, just all the parts. Considering the state of comedy in 2011 that’s not a bad thing.

Director: Seth Gordon
Notable Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
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Horrible Bosses – Review Sat, 09 Jul 2011 10:00:37 +0000 A simple premise combined with smart writing makes for a comedy that is nearly executed to perfection.

Ever wish your boss were dead? Some of us have. Thinking and dreaming about how to kill him is one thing, but the feeling subsides allowing common sense to take over. Normal people would never do anything so foolish. They would just up and quit, or they’d find a new job and then quit. But then there are those who feel that for them to be a peace their meddlesome bosses just need to die.

Horrible Bosses is exactly that. You have three horrible bosses and three employees that want them dead. As simple a premise as this is it fires on all cylinders from the word go and doesn’t let up for 100 minutes. Full of coarse language and bad behavior, Bad Teacher tried to be this comedy a few weeks ago and failed miserably.

Why this comedy works is two-fold: the cast and the writing. Starting with the bosses you have recognizable faces, including a two-time Oscar winner, one of the stars of Friends and a comb-over prosthesis with Colin Farrell underneath. The bosses they play are an HR nightmare, and they cause a certain degree of frustration for three friends. Nick (Jason Bateman) takes orders from Kevin Spacey who is totally on target and in rare Machiavellian form. Engaged-to-be-married Dale (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day) is the dental assistant to a sexual predator (a filthy-talking Jennifer Aniston) who is constantly hounding him for an interoffice sexcapade. And Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), who is good with numbers and at chasing tail, loves working for his boss until he dies unexpectedly and now his loser cokehead son with the horrible comb-over (Farrell) takes over the family business.

Nick, Dale and Kurt have a common routine where they meet after work and split rounds of drinks while complaining about their latest problems with their bosses. One night one of the friends throws out a hypothetical about killing his boss. This supposed idea fuels the inspiration to actually go through with the act. Even with all the hours spent watching CSI and Law & Order the three are at a loss of how to go about it (and get away with it). They decide to seek out a hit man by going to the seediest bar full of unsavory characters. It is there they meet Dean “MF” Jones (Jamie Foxx) – two guesses what MF stands for – who offers up his services as their murder consultant. Not an actual killer-for-hire, just a mentor.

From the moment the comedy starts we have a general sense of how horrible the bosses are. Each victim (employee) provides a voiceover to set up the scene, illustrating just why his boss is so vile. Dave Harken (Spacey) toys with Nick, tricking him into drinking Scotch only to later demean him in an office meeting. Spacey is superb with his vociferous outbursts but not as loathsome as his character in Swimming with Sharks, Buddy Ackerman. There he played a Hollywood movie executive that made his underling’s life so much of a living hell that it led to his being held hostage.

Dr. Julia Harris (Aniston), the second horrible boss we encounter, is a sex fiend dentist who wants her dental assistant Dale in the worst possible way imaginable. She knows he’s in a committed relationship but there’s just something about him that drives her absolutely bonkers. Maybe it’s his wispy voice, or maybe she became so good at playing doctor as a child she wanted to try it out as a grown-up. Either way, Aniston nails her performance and makes us forget about a decade’s worth of roles where she played it safe.  Some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth will shock those who still remember her as Rachel Green.

The third boss, Bobby (Farrell), who inherits the company from his recently deceased father, is nowhere near capable of running a business. He’s twitchy and irresponsible, and his house looks like it was furnished by The Sharper Image – like a man cave threw up.  So Bobby’s systematic dismantling of the company, willing to bleed it dry to fuel his nose-candy addiction, horrifies Dale. He’s worked at his job for too long to have someone screw it all up.

The moment the comedy really takes off is in a scene where the three friends do a little recon work by breaking into a boss’s house. It is in this scene that people will discover Charlie Day. Just as Zach Galifianakis stole the show from his co-stars in The Hangover, Day betters the two Jasons, Bateman and Sudeikis. Bateman is the straight-comedian of the three, while Sudeikis is again in Hall Pass mode, still wanting to screw every good-looking woman who falls for his cheesy lines. The ineptness the three put on display is hysterical, with each friend upping the other when it comes to botching the break-in. You almost feel bad for their desperation but realize that the situation is entirely preposterous.

Horrible Bosses is vulgar and mean-spirited. But with its sexually explicit language and sarcastic remarks about the indignant employees who would rather see their bosses dead than tell them to take this job and shove it, the comedy maintains its wicked funny bone throughout.  Seth Gordon, who redeems himself after giving us the lump of coal Four Christmases three years ago, with the help of writers Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley (a graduate of the school of Judd Apatow having starred in the one-and-done season of Freaks & Geeks), and Jonathan Goldstein, delivers a comedy that could have easily gone askew but works so much better than expected.

Director: Seth Gordon
Notable Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
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Second Trailer For Horrible Bosses Debuts Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:00:37 +0000 One of the films that’s been shockingly interesting in trailer form is Horrible Bosses, with a strong cast and an interesting premise. The first trailer was good and second trailer is making it that much more interesting.

Plot Synopsis: For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

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