CATEGORIES Reviews
They say dying is easy, comedy is hard. 'The Bounty Hunter' is an edgy farce going for laughs and a body count as Jennifer Aniston becomes mixed up with a gun for hire (played by Gerard Butler). Opening Friday, 'Hunter' should benefit from Andy Tennant's work behind the camera -- among his hits was 'Hitch' for Will Smith.

In 'Hunter,' busy Manhattan crime reporter Nicole (Aniston) faces a court date of her own, nothing more serious than a traffic accident. When she misses it, a nerdy process server pesters her mercilessly. Correction, she is handcuffed to a bed by Milo, a hunky bounty hunter (Butler). At first, Milo is just not that into Nicole. He has a job to do and they were once married, you see. But you know the frost will melt, even in New York City. TV faves round out 'Bounty's cast: 'Saturday Night Live's' Jason Sudeikis and 'The Good Wife's' Christine Baranski.

Bullets fly, but do sparks fly between Aniston and Butler, both rom-com veterans? The critics take aim. They say dying is easy, comedy is hard. 'The Bounty Hunter' is an edgy farce going for laughs and a body count as Jennifer Aniston becomes mixed up with a gun for hire (played by Gerard Butler). Opening Friday, 'Hunter' should benefit from Andy Tennant's work behind the camera -- among his hits was 'Hitch' for Will Smith.

In 'Hunter,' busy Manhattan crime reporter Nicole (Aniston) faces a court date of her own, nothing more serious than a traffic accident. When she misses it, a nerdy process server pesters her mercilessly. Correction, she is handcuffed to a bed by Milo, a hunky bounty hunter (Butler). At first, Milo is just not that into Nicole. He has a job to do and they were once married, you see. But you know the frost will melt, even in New York City. TV faves round out 'Bounty's cast: 'Saturday Night Live's' Jason Sudeikis and 'The Good Wife's' Christine Baranski.

Bullets fly, but do sparks fly between Aniston and Butler, both rom-com veterans? The critics take aim.

Entertainment Weekly: "The scenario may be as contrived as they come, but for most of 'The Bounty Hunter,' I certainly believed that these two hate each other. The trouble with the movie is that we really want to see why they love each other. There's no doubt that Butler is convincing in scenes where he has to lock Aniston in his car trunk, chain her to a bed, or rag on her for no reason in particular. He's like Ralph Kramden in the body of Kirk Douglas. But Aniston, who's her usual sweetly feisty and appealing self, plays a woman who's having none of it. The two get one light, fun scene together at an Atlantic City craps table, but if you're wondering what finally unites them, the answer is not great chemistry ... Grade: C"

Chicago Tribune: "Also it would be nice to not hate the male lead. While he certainly has presence and a good voice, there's something about Butler in these sorts of jolly-tormentor roles that makes me think "soccer hooligan." As for Aniston, her script karma continues its vengeful post-"Friends" rampage. Here she is mainly confined to a one-note snit, and to modeling the way her behind looks from behind, in tight skirts."
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Roger Ebert
: "I stared with glazed eyes at "The Bounty Hunter." Here is a film with no need to exist. Among its sins is the misuse of Jennifer Aniston, who can be and has been very funny, but not in dreck like this. Lacking any degree of character development, it handcuffs her to a plot of exhausted action comedy cliches -- and also to a car door and a bed."

Arizona Republic: "As formula films go, 'The Bounty Hunter' is more enjoyable than most, even if it packs in as many cliches as any. It's certainly a career highlight for director Andy Tennant ('Sweet Home Alabama,' 'Hitch'). And even if it won't be at the top of Aniston's resume, it's a perfectly enjoyable way to kill a couple of hours."

The Hollywood Reporter
: "Thrillers and comedies essentially inhabit different worlds, so any marriage between the genres is likely to be a rocky one. Director Andy Tennant only exacerbates these genre tensions by keeping the action at the level of TV skit comedy, whose silliness completely undermines the thriller elements. Put it this way: Would an ex-husband/bounty hunter seeking to bring in his bail-jumping ex-wife really enter her apartment with his gun drawn? Or would the former couple really react to an attempt to murder them in broad daylight by continuing a quarrel?"

Associated Press: "But neither [Aniston nor Butler] is playing a character as much as they're playing movie stars. At no point in 'The Bounty Hunter' are you anything but fully aware that you're watching Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler -- and perhaps that's the idea."