A bad romantic comedy whose flat characters’ chemistry is less believable than its made-from-scraps story.
- Who's going to like it: fans of mindless romantic comedy.
Milo (Gerard Butler, Law Abiding Citizen) is a bounty hunter. Nicole (Jennifer Anniston, Friends) is an investigative print journalist. They used to be married. His “craziness” – which first attracted her to him – led to their divorce. Making her career a priority, Nicole has pushed important things to the back burner. Instead of showing up for a court hearing, Nicole followed a lead on an investigation and ended up with a warrant out for her arrest. Being a bounty hunter, Milo jumps at the chance to take her – payback for all of her wrongdoings in their marriage.
Of course, the story Nicole is looking into ends up getting her into trouble, trouble that follows her after Milo has picked her up, forcing the two to team up and work together, sparking their relationship.
The Bounty Hunter is all fizzle and no sizzle. Butler and Anniston have no on-screen chemistry. The jokes aren’t funny. The script is poor and predictable. And the story is far from original or entertaining. The characters are so one-dimensional that even though we spend two hours with them, we never get to know. We don’t know why Milo and Nicole divorced. We don’t know why Milo was fired from the NYPD. But that’s okay, because in a story this bad, we simply don’t care.
Gerard Butler is a mediocre actor in just about everything, so the caliper of his performance isn’t surprising here. And although she is not the strongest actress, Jennifer Anniston should have done better here. Her awful performance here is comparable to Sandra Bullock’s in All About Steve – which mean the Academy just may give her an Oscar next year.
The trailers for The Bounty Hunter make it look like a lower quality rip of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. If only it was that good! Instead it’s a poorly paced chick flick using a few speeding cars and gunshots to lure in the men. Guys, don’t fall for the trap.
If you are dying too see The Bounty Hunter, think again. It is a waste of money and time. The Bounty Hunter is so dumb that you’ll want to make yourself fall asleep.
Photo credit: Columbia Pictures
(1 out of 5)