There are few people who don't like Jennifer Aniston. She has good comedic timing, she's pretty and she has done little to ruin her reputation since the "Friends" days. There are also few people who like her movies. The Bounty Hunter, Jennifer Aniston's latest comedy, won't do much to change audiences' opinions as it's an unfunny waste of time.
The Bounty Hunter is a romantic comedy about a bounty hunter named Milo (Gerard Butler) who gets assigned the wonderful task of tracking down his ex-wife Nicole (Aniston) to deliver her to jail. Nicole, a journalist, having skipped a court appearance to follow a hot lead for a murder she's investigating, is easy to track down - but keeping her at bay is another issue. As Milo attempts to bring Nicole to justice, the murder she's investigating comes back to haunt her. Oh, and they start to fall in love again.
The problem with The Bounty Hunter is that, as a romantic comedy, it is neither romantic nor funny. As a comedy thriller, it is neither funny nor thrilling. As a crime comedy, it is neither criminally inclined nor funny. Notice a trend?
The Bounty Hunter follows a similar pattern to director Andy Tennant's last movie, Fool's Gold: it is remarkably flat from beginning to end. Like in Fool's Gold, Tennant manages to get the very least out of his leading stars and deliver a plot that lacks any kind of spark whatsoever. Lots of things happen, but the gags are cliché and the dialogue immediately forgettable. Butler once again proves stale and Aniston, other than flashing some cleavage, is barely present. The two stars lack romantic chemistry.
Jennifer Aniston has added to a long string of disappointing movies with The Bounty Hunter. If she wants to remain relevant, she needs to start picking her projects more wisely and stay clear of the cliché romantic comedies that she's become best known for.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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