The Bounty Hunter

"Good"

The Bounty Hunter Review


Aniston and Butler mysteriously rustle up just enough chemistry in this simplistic rom-com to make it enjoyable. We never really like their characters, but some of the film's contrived situations are genuinely funny.

Nicole (Aniston) is a New York journalist who's so busy with a breaking story that she neglects to turn up for a court date and ends up on the bail-jumper list of bounty hunter Milo (Butler), her ex-husband. Their stormy marriage didn't last long, and Milo is happy for the chance to get some revenge. But he's being chased by the goons (Coster and Garland) of an Atlantic City loan shark (Moriarty). Meanwhile, Nicole also has a lovelorn colleague (Sudeikis) and a vicious henchman (Greene) after her.

There's nothing remotely original or unpredictable about the plot, and Tennant's direction only has the hint of a spark to it. Despite the action mayhem, Aniston and Butler barely break a sweat in these roles, although each manages to inject just enough edgy humour into the character to make it watchable. Much of this is due to Aniston's ease with comedy and Butler's proficiency with action, and both show a rather alarming gift for appearing smug and arrogant on screen. Which is also why we never sympathise with them.

Meanwhile, the supporting cast is packed with scene-stealers like Sudeikis, Hogan, Garlin and the diva-goddess Baranski. All of them, and others, ham it up for all it's worth, and wring a few more laughs here and there. It helps that Tennant keeps things moving briskly enough that we never get a chance to ponder the narrative potholes and contrivances. But then, this isn't the kind of genre we ever believe anyway.

In other words, this is one of those deliberately silly movies that never pretends to be good. It may try to wrestle a few tears out of our eyes with shamelessly corny sentiment while making a simplistic point about true love, but it always moves swiftly on to something sassy or cute. And it at least remembers that both Nicole and Milo are ambitious, cocky career people who don't really care about anyone else around them. So of course they're perfect for each other.



The Bounty Hunter

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

Run time: 110 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th March 2010

Box Office USA: $56.0M

Box Office Worldwide: 136

Budget: $40M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, Madhouse Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 18 Rotten: 125

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Neal H. Moritz

Starring: as Milo Boyd, as Nicole Hurley, Gio Perez as Uncle Sam, as Teresa (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan), as Dwight (as Joel Marsh Garland), Jason Kolotouros as Gelman, as Gary, as Stewart, Adam Rose as Jimmy, as Kitty Hurley, as Bobby Jenkins, as Arthur, Lynda Gravatt as Judge, as Earl Mahler, as Sid, Charlie Hewson as Rich Guy

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