Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paul Rudd Twelve Times


(click to embiggen) Wanna know who's adorable in person? Wow if I said somebody other than Paul Rudd to answer that question - Albert Fish! - that would be weird. (It would especially weird if I said Albert Fish.) Anyway yes as you can see from those pictures above, Paul Rudd is indeed every inch of adorable live you hope he will be. Those are from the Film Comment Selects screening of David Wain's Wanderlust that screened here in NY last night. Also there with Paul was Wain and his co-stars Ken Marino, Kerri Kenney, and Alan Alda.

I'd put Wanderlust about on par with Wain's last movie Role Models - so very funny, but maybe undone a little bit by an erratic tone - towards the end there's some sappy story machinations that even the movie half-rolls its eyes at. Sometimes you feel with Wain's movies this sense of, "Oh fine, we'll actually bother to do some plot now, whatever." It's a real showcase for Rudd though, and he's his ever charming yet vulgar self. That he can maintain such sweetness while using a broad southern waitress voice to say the word "dick" over and over again is a testament to his abilities.

And of course the rest of the cast runs deep with talent - Aniston's perfectly charming, while Ken Marino has his blustering jerk thing down pat. And I was surprised not at how funny Micheala Watkins was as Marino's suffering wife but at how much the movie allowed her to be so funny. Hers is a usually thankless role that Wain mined more than you expect him to. And then you've got Kenney, Alda, Malin Akerman, Joe Lo Truglia, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose, Linda Lavin (!), so so many people hitting so many funny notes. And Justin Theroux is a bushy-bearded sex bomb. This thing I tweeted last night about says it all.

Oh and during the Q&A Paul Rudd and Ken Marino were asked about a Party Down movie, and that managed to be the only bit I recorded on video. Spoiler alert: they totally dodge the question, but are adorable while doing it.

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