Paul Rudd re-teams with his Role Models director David Wain in the zany, often hilarious Wanderlust, this time bringing Jennifer Aniston and an impressive supporting cast along for the ride. Riding high on the comedic talent of Rudd, the film avoids becoming a one-note comedy, adding life and laughter into the proceedings before it inevitably falters in the final act. Where it succeeds, Wanderlust never tries to be more than it is, but offers several laughs and highlights the clear talent the film has to offer.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda, a married couple living in New York City who are forced to move to Atlanta after George is fired from his depressing office job. On the way to Atlanta — where George has been offered a job by his jerk brother, Rick (Ken Marino) — they stumble upon a hippie commune called Elysium, an idyllic community filled with your typical variety of colorful, hippie characters and shenanigans. After crashing their car while attempting to drive away from a startled nudist, the couple are forced to spend the night at the commune and begin to discover this alternate lifestyle may, in fact, be right for them.

Helped immensely by an eclectic group of supporting characters, from the flat-out weird Seth (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be a bit of what I like to call “a tool,” and Joe (Joe Lo Truglio), a nudist winemaker and aspiring novelist, to the beautiful and eccentric Eva (Malin Akerman), who desires to “make love” to George in the name of free love, even Alan Alda makes an appearance as the elderly founder of Elysium. The list of supporting characters goes on and on, as they’re largely able to keep the comedic elements fresh and interesting, if not a bit odd.

Director David Wain infuses the film with his own brand of zany, raunchiness that never feels offensive or insincere, which is a rare combination to be sure. While the film lacks fluidity overall and suffers immensely in the final act, Paul Rudd and the wonky supporting characters are able to salvage what is at the heart of the film, as Rudd works comedic wonders, which seem worth the price of admission alone. Even Jennifer Aniston has moments of comedic clarity, particularly in a sequence where she unwittingly sips on a peyote-style tea and takes the phrase “I believe I can fly” to heart.

The first two-thirds of the film are serviceable from a story perspective, largely managing to competently bridge the gaps between the wonderfully zany and hilarious comedic moments, none of which feel dry or forced. It is in the third act, when the film faces the difficult task of wrapping up these stories and characters, that the film falters.These are issues that you’ll be willing to overlook to get to the comedic moments, where the film truly shines in all its odd, raunchy glory.

Thanks in large part to the wonderful comedic minds of Paul Rudd and David Wain, as well as several wonderful supporting characters, Wanderlust is able to rise above its faults to become a movie full of great moments. While it simply has too many issues from a storytelling perspective, the comedic moments and characters are able to rise this film to something greater than mediocrity.

Grade: B-

Rated: R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.)

Wanderlust opens nationwide February 24th.

Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.