Find out after the jump what we thought of it... The Bounty Hunter (12A)
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski
Director: Andy Tennant
Running time: 106 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
In a nutshell: Jennifer Aniston's status as a bankable movie star has seen plenty of ups and downs since Friends ended in 2004, but last year's Marley & Me delivered her biggest hit so far, and it's not surprising to see her now heading up this big-budget action romcom. She plays investigative reporter Nicole, who believes there's more than meets the eye to the apparent suicide of an employee from a police evidence room. Shame that she failed to attend her own court appearance over a traffic offence, and now has a bounty hunter tasked with bringing her in – specifically Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), her hated ex-husband. With Nicole and Milo forced to spend time together once again, will their long-extinguished love rekindle?
What's good about it? As she's already proved, Aniston can add warmth to a character that is thinly written on the page (Marley & Me) or exhibits potentially unappealing controlling tendencies (The Break-Up). She can also cook up decent chemistry with the most unlikely of male co-stars (even Paul Rudd playing her gay housemate in 1998's The Object Of My Affection). Butler is repeating the redeemable boor he played in last year's The Ugly Truth, but you'll still want these two to get back together. Handy that as, this being a romcom, that is exactly what is bound to happen.
What's not so good? As is so often the case with this genre, neither of the lead characters are particularly funny, leaving the various supporting players to do the comedy heavy lifting. Christine Baranski is good value as Nicole's Atlantic City showgirl mother; Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) tries his best with Nicole's dopey, besotted colleague. Then this not-terribly-comedic film becomes less funny when the action element kicks into high gear, with the pair caught up in a plot involving a corrupt cop, a scary tattoo artist and an irate debt collector. None of this would matter were it not for the film's one really serious flaw: its dispiriting paucity of originality.
Verdict: Hollywood journeyman Andy Tennant's last movie was the feeble action romcom Fool's Gold, with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. This one is a slight improvement, elevated by a pair of likeable lead actors, but should we really be encouraging Hollywood studios to make more of the same?
Rating: 5 out of 10