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June 21, 2012
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By Jared Curtis


Directed By David Wain

Rated R, 98 minutes

Although it was widely ignored by the movie-going public, “Wanderlust” is one of the funniest films of the year. George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are a professional couple, overpaying for a tiny loft in New York City. When George loses his job, they are forced to leave the Big Apple and relocate to Atlanta to live with Jon’s asshole brother, Rick (Ken Marino). But on the way to Rick’s house, they stop at what they think is a bed and breakfast but turns out to be a hippie commune populated by a wide variety of characters (including Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Joe Lo Truglio, Malin Akerman and Jordan Peele). Although they leave the commune, they soon realize (thanks to Rick) there are more important things in life than material possessions and return to their new home. With just enough heart and plenty of laughs, “Wanderlust” is a perfect journey for filmgoers. CV

‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Directed by David Wain

2002, Rated R, 110 minutes

There is no other film quite like “Wet Hot American Summer.” Spoofing the summer camp films of the ’80s, “Wet Hot American Summer” throws logic out the window as it follows a group of camp consolers (including Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Jeanie Garofalo) during the last day at Camp Firewood. Throughout the day, counselors try to hook up, save the camp from falling space debris and put on the greatest talent show ever. Although the counselors’ hijinks propel the story, the best part is the cook, Gene (Christopher Meloni). His ridiculous mutterings (“Now finish up them taters, I’m gonna go fondle my sweaters”) and his odd friendship with a can of vegetables keep the laughs coming. Although it might not be for everyone, “Wet Hot American Summer” is a trip to summer camp you’ll never forget. CV

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