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Wanderlust (2012 film)

Six people in a field of sunflowers.
Directed by David Wain
Produced by
Screenplay by David Wain
Ken Marino
Music by Craig Wedren
Cinematography Michael Bonvillain
Edited by David Moritz
Robert Nassau
A Hot Dog Productions
Apatow Productions
Relativity Media
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • February 24, 2012 (2012-02-24)
Running time 98 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[2]
Box office $24,156,599[3]
$4,650,615 (US DVD sales) [4][5]

Wanderlust is a 2012 American New York.

Wanderlust received mixed reviews and grossed only $24 million worldwide, against a production budget of $35 million.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
    • Filming 3.1
  • Release 4
  • Reception 5
    • Critical response 5.1
    • Accolades 5.2
  • Home Media 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


George and Linda Gergenblatt are an urban married couple who purchase a hippie commune. They meet even more various, eccentric residents of Elysium, including Seth, Eva, and Elysium's owner Carvin. George and Linda spend the night feeling more alive than before. In the morning, everyone helps flip the car back upright so they can leave, as Seth urges them to stay, but they continue on to Atlanta.

George and Linda arrive at Rick's house and find the atmosphere chaotic. George quickly reaches a breaking point with Rick and takes Linda back to Elysium, where they are welcomed back. George is excited about the simpler lifestyle while Linda is hesitant. They decide to stay and give the place a two-week trial run. After a few days, Linda starts feeling enlightened after drinking some drug laced tea in the truth circle, while George begins having second thoughts. George and Linda soon learn that 'free love' is strongly encouraged as Seth and Eva want to seduce Linda and George, respectively. Both George and Linda rebuff the notion of free love, and several crazy situations arise during that period, bizarre and otherwise.

At the same time, Elysium is being targeted by property developers to build a political thriller novel written by Wayne. The novel is then fast-tracked into a film adaptation starring Ray Liotta. Carvin reclaims his rights to Elysium after he is reunited with all the original founders of Elysium, one of whom had another copy of the deed.

In a post-credits scene, Marisa is a cast member of the television reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.


Wanderlust screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2012

Paul Rudd reunited with Jennifer Aniston for the first time in seven years, when they worked together in 18 episodes of the sitcom Friends. The two also co-starred with Alan Alda in the 1998 comedy The Object of My Affection, in which Rudd coincidentally also played a character named George.


David Wain began chronicling the film's production and pre-production on his blog on May 21, 2010.[6] Most of the production took place in Georgia. Additional material was filmed in New York City and Los Angeles.


Habersham County, off of New Liberty Road.[9]


The film was released on February 24, 2012. During its first weekend Wanderlust opened at #8, with $6.5 million from 2,002 locations.[10] Given its poor debut, it was considered a box-office flop.[11] After six weeks, it concluded its theatrical run with North American domestic gross of $17,288,155 and international gross of $4,162,198.[5]

Wanderlust was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 19, 2012[12]


Critical response

The film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 59% rating based on 134 reviews, with the site's consensus stating, "It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera."[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 53 based on 34 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[14] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave it a B- grade.[15]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 People's Choice Awards{{cn} Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Jennifer Aniston Won

Home Media

A Blu-ray/DVD combo was released on June 19, 2012. The last reported gross for the DVD was $3,807,225.[16] The Blu-ray contained the extras Wanderlust: The Bizarro Cut (1:19:59), and an audio commentary by director/producer/co-writer David Wain, producer/co-writer/actor Ken Marino, and producer/actor Paul Rudd. The trio chat about the genesis of the script, how all the actors came on board, logical inconsistencies, and test audiences. They're also "joined" by Albert Brooks, Woody Allen, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton, William Shatner, Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, and many other celebrities, all of whom are really impressions done by actor Kevin Pollak.

The video extras consist of a gag reel (5:44), and "Line-O-Rama" (9:10). Featurettes follow: "God Afton!: Behind the Scenes of Wanderlust" (27:13), Penis Envy (7:41) and "The Elysium Campaign" (5:38). The whole package is rounded out by an episode of Wain's webshow "Wainy Days: Elysium" (8:37), which finds David stumbling onto the commune and having his own sexual awakening, plus robots.

See also


  1. ^ (15)"WANDERLUST".  
  2. ^ Amy Kaufman (February 23, 2012). "Movie Projector: 'Act of Valor' to gun down box-office rivals -". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Wanderlust". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Wanderlust".  
  6. ^ (2010-05-21). "WanderLust begins...". David Wain’s Blog. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Aniston begins filming ‘Wanderlust’ in Atlanta". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Pictures of Jennifer Aniston in Atlanta, GA Filming Wanderlust". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  9. ^ Eggers, Marc; B.J. Williams (2010-09-25). "Jennifer Aniston sightings, traffic concerns in Habersham". AccessNorthGa (Jacobs Media). Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Weekend Box Office: February 24–26, 2012". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Zach (February 26, 2012). Bombs at the Box Office"Wanderlust"Jennifer Aniston's . Yahoo!. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wanderlust DVD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  13. ^ "Wanderlust".  
  14. ^ Reviews - Metacritic"Wanderlust".  
  15. ^ Weinstein, Joshua (February 25, 2012). Destroys Competition, Is No. 1 at Friday Box Office"Act of Valor".  
  16. ^

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