PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language, and some violence.
Comedy and Action/Adventure
March 19, 2010
Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jeff Garlin, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski, Ritchie Coster, Peter Greene,
Cathy Moriarty, Dorian Missick
Sony Pictures Releasing
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The Bounty Hunter
By Hannah Goodwyn
- Director Andrew Tennant, who brought us great romantic stories in the films Ever After and Sweet Home Alabama, is responsible for making The Bounty Hunter. Tennant’s new flick starring Jennifer Aniston (from TV’s Friends) and Gerard Butler (300, P.S. I Love You) is disappointingly dull, not to mention full of offensive content.
The Movie in a Minute
Run-down bounty hunter Milo Boyd's (Gerard Butler) life seems to turn around when he lands his dream case - picking up his ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurley after she jumps bail. It becomes a game of cat hunting mouse as she tries to allude Milo all while investigating a possible murder cover-up. The game quickly changes as both Nicole and Milo become the hunted.
The Bounty Hunter Rundown
Story. Slow and occasionally witty. Those are the words that best describe The Bounty Hunter. The plot comes across as having little fluidity to it. Also, moviegoers may be tempted to check their watches because it is just that slow in parts. The "action/adventure" in the storyline is centered around the guy who is tracking Milo and Nicole to cover up his crime. Something just doesn't click with it though, and the action seems almost comical. The two leads were in real danger, but the movie was so unengaging that this critic didn't really care that much. Perhaps it was the acting...
Acting. Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler are billed as the stars of the film, but that's not the case. Their castmates - namely Jason Sudeikis (in the role of Nicole's co-worker Stewart) and Siobhan Fallon Hogan (who plays Teresa, the bail bondsman's wife) - are more interesting and hilarious.
Offensive content. The Bounty Hunter has a PG-13 rating, but be advised: the film's content warrants an R rating. Young teens, let alone adults, shouldn't have to sit through some of its offensive content in order to watch the movie. The strip club scene sends the movie over the top. Upclose shots of dancers who are practically naked aren't what this film needed. Profanity and obscenities are used periodically. The gambling, drunkenness, and sexual comments cause a problem as well.
In the End
The Bounty Hunter's barely-covered nudity, language, and suggestive content make it an avoid-worthy movie. If you want to see a great film with suspenseful action, comedic relief, and a love story, your best bet this weekend is to rent a DVD. See your Netflix account or local movie store for details.
Hannah Goodwyn was disappointed with The Bounty Hunter, especially given the other great movies director Andrew Tennant has made.
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