THE BOUNTY HUNTER (2010)
Director: Andy Tennant
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski, Peter Greene, Jeff Garland, Joel Marsh Garland, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Adam Rose, Cathy Moriarty
MPAA Rating: (for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence)
Running Time: 1:50
Release Date: 3/19/10
Review by Mark Dujsik | March 20, 2010
At least the
teaser scene at the beginning of The
Bounty Hunter tells anyone who might be curious about what the movie is
about exactly what it's about. In
it, Milo (Gerard Butler) is established as a bounty hunter, and Nicole (Jennifer
Aniston) is a wanted felon. Then,
after Nicole punches Milo in the crotch and Milo proceeds to tackler her, the
arrowed titles point right at them and state they are divorced.
anyone who might care to ponder what will happen in The
Bounty Hunter will know pretty much everything that will result of this
convergence of justice and post-marital squabbling. Those people are free to leave the theater if they are wary of suffering
through yet another romantic comedy in which the only difference from the rest
is the gimmick used to set in motion the bickering, resentment, and inevitable
Is there any
other genre out there in which one can reveal such a vital piece of information
regarding the plot and not feel the need to warn of a spoiler?
No one will be surprised to learn that the two hating rivals of this
movie will wind up together after enduring a slew of misadventures and
frustrating, this blatant transparency. It
is especially so in this example, which piles on distraction after pointless
distraction of subplot in an attempt to divert attention away from how formulaic
and predictable the main plot is.
That story is
Milo trying to bring Nicole to jail, and Nicole attempting to escape him. This is straightforward motivation, but nonetheless, both characters
repeatedly contradict their respective goals. Milo decides to take Nicole's offer to turn $500 into $10,000 in Atlantic
City for her freedom. If he does it,
she goes free; if he doesn't, he takes her to jail. The way screenwriter Sarah Thorp plays this deal, it seems like a waste
of money for Nicole.
For Milo is a
chronic gambler. Nicole knows this. She also knows Milo hates her and has every reason to take her prison for
breaking bail, regardless of how his luck at the craps tables turns. He loses when she stops blowing on his dice, because as he reversely
states, Milo doesn't make his own luck and can't do things without her.
Milo is $11,000
in the red to a bookie (Cathy Moriarty). This
means a couple of goons are after him. They
are inept, as most goons in this kind of thing are, and keep mistaking someone
else for Milo or discovering his classic car and finding he's not with it. So many events and characters are shifted around in and out of Milo and
Nicole's plot to keep it as such.
(Jason Sudeikis), one of Nicole's co-workers, who has a massive crush on the
woman after they made out at a holiday party. Nicole is a journalist, one of the select few careers that Movie
Professional Women have, and after so many event coordinators recently, it's
slightly a surprise to find this profession in use again—but only slightly. Stewart is mistaken for Milo and is held captive even after the mistake
is clarified. The lesson is not to
have a crush on the leading lady, especially when her ex-husband has a gambling
As a journalist,
Nicole has, naturally, unraveled a conspiracy shortly before Milo meets up with
her again. It's the reason she
misses her court date, and now, she—get this—has a corrupt cop (Peter
Greene) after her.
That Thorp never
has these conflicting chasers meet up in a massive mix-up is appreciated
laziness, as is the fact that the entire bookie subplot is left wholly
unresolved. In between the episodes of Milo
and Nicole's respective pursuing hoodlums botching up affairs, there are the
scenes re-establishing the heroes' contempt for each other. Milo throws Nicole in the
uses a stun gun on him. Milo
handcuffs her to the bed. Nicole
fakes seducing him to get his gun. Milo
calls her on it, and Nicole gives a knowing smile to the camera.
Yes, he's a lug,
but he used to be her lug. She cries
after spotting a sign of the bed and breakfast where they spent their honeymoon,
and when they need to get off the road, they just happen to be right by the
place. Insert scene of honesty and
openness that surprises each of them, and then find a way to ensure that nothing
will come of it until the rest of the mess has been resolved. A couple of phone calls to her mom (Christine Baranski) and his boss
(Jeff Garland) seal that end of the requirements.
Copyright © 2010 by Mark Dujsik. All rights reserved.
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