The Bounty Hunter (4/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 111 minutes.
Not for children.
If the fact that this movie
is the result of collaboration between producer Neal H. Moritz and
director Andy Tennant, who were responsible for the 2002 squirmfest,
“Sweet Home Alabama” doesn’t give you enough warning to stay away from
this film, there are other reasons.
To start off, for a movie
that is represented as a romcom thriller, it is neither funny nor
romantic nor thrilling.
Gerard Butler is a bounty
hunter hired to bring in his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. Aniston is a
reporter trying to track down the mystery of a suicide that didn’t seem
like a suicide. Maybe with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and Frank
Capra, this idea could have been turned into a memorable romantic
comedy. But Capra was talented, as were Gable and Colbert.
“The Bounty Hunter” is
stuck with Andy Tennant. I actually think that Aniston and Butler are
talented. But they are working with a lame script by Sarah Thorp and a
director who just can’t seem to figure out how to get laughs and romance
out of something that is rife with possibilities.
Worse than the script and
directing, there is absolutely no chemistry between Aniston and Butler.
While I could see Gable and Colbert as a couple, I can’t see Jennifer
and Gerard together for anything more than a few minutes.
March 18, 2010