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The Bounty Hunter
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Directed By
Andy Tennant

Written By:
Sarah Thorp

Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Peter Greene, Cathy Moriarty, Siobhan Fallon, Liam Ferguson, Daisy Tahan, Dorian Missick, Adam Rose, Eric Zuckerman, Frank Apollonio, Joel Garland, Peter Conboy, Kevin Cannon, Frosty Lawson, Jason Kolotouros, Robert Feeley, Joe Zarriello, George Aloi, Gary Beck, Robert Bizik, David Campbell, Garrett Ching, Chris Clemens, Greg Cool, Ritchie Coster, Timothy J. Cox, Vaughn Goland, Takako Haywood, Amy Hohn, Edward M. Kelahan, Steven J. Klaszky, David Kneeream, Michael J. Kraycik, Dennis Larkin, Eliezer Meyer, John Mitchell, Ken Myers, Liz O'Leary, Luis Pacheco, Loukas Papas, Mark J. Parker, Gio Perez, Dawn Ressy, Clifford Rivera, Vincent Riviezzo, Chuck Schanamann, Eugene Smith, Gilbert Soto, Uzimann, Sonny Vellozzi, Kimberly Villanova, Mark Vincent, W.A. Walters, Steven Weisz, Jennifer Wiener, John Wooten, Jason Babinsky, Ruby Feliciano, David Costabile, LA'Tino, Matthew Nadu, Natalie Morales, Ashley Fung, David Boston, Kevin Fung, Shaun Hasas, Dan Van Wert, Ralph A. Wilburn Jr., Bob Kaplan, Jessica Caiola, Jessica Czop, Stephen Felt, Ralph A. Wilburn Jr., Shelby Kovant, Sharon Lee Levine, Tara Martell, Jenny Paul, Joseph Tornatore, Reyna de Courcy, Eve Barakos

The Bounty Hunter (2010)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
March 19th, 2010

'The Bounty Hunter' was probably intended to capitalize on the brief, but highly publicized fling between Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler; they are two very attractive people, and Aniston is certainly a competent actress, reaching her peak in The Good Girl, and then entering a steady decline, while Butler still has 300 to fall back on, as audiences will likely not remember him for anything else.

This is a movie that suffers from a rather severe identity crisis; it tries to dip into three different genres, but is being billed primarily as a romantic comedy, with bits of action thrown in for good measure, to provide some excitement, since the central relationship is so lifeless and dull. Nicole (Aniston) and Milo (Butler) are exes; they got divorced three years ago, and now strongly despise one another. Milo is a former cop, and now works as a bounty hunter, and he is thrilled to learn that his current assignment is to track down Nicole and throw her in jail, for missing a scheduled court hearing. Nicole is a news reporter who is working on a new story that turns unexpectedly dangerous when she begins to suspect that a mysterious suicide may have actually been murder. Those responsible now want to kill her, and Milo, too.

So, he and Nicole begrudgingly team up, and find that both their lives are at stake. Whatever may have transpired offscreen, onscreen, Butler and Aniston have practically no chemistry; their characters are totally incompatible, and make each other miserable, but the script demands that they fall in love again, and they more or less do so by the third act, abruptly, and unconvincingly changing their ways. Milo enjoys mistreating Nicole, and relishes every moment that he can be mean to her. Of course, they hurl insults and continually express their mutual resentment, but the dialogue is not tart or funny enough to make the most out of these exchanges.

Aniston gets some mileage out of her comic abilities, and remains likable throughout, while Butler does not even seem to be trying. Disjointed and poorly plotted, with several expository scenes that are boring and utterly worthless. The underlying premise could have been exploited to rich comedic effect, but, as is, it lacks originality, focus, and charm. I did like several of the song choices, but that means very little in retrospect, and I am really digging here to find something noteworthy.

Director Andy Tennant's previous credits include Hitch, but also the awful Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey pairing Fool's Gold. Since I already mentioned Hudson, I could toss out a reference to her mom, Goldie Hawn; she appeared with Mel Gibson in Bird on a Wire, a movie I was constantly reminded of while watching this. Maybe there is no comparison to be made, but I noticed a number of similarities.

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