There's no easy way to say this without sounding like I hate her, because I really don't, but I have never been excited about a movie solely because it has Jennifer Aniston in it. At this stage in her career, her film work is about as prolific as her television work, but recently it's been narrowing away from films like The Good Girl and straight to an overly familiar formula. It's gotten to the point where you can describe a certain style of movie by saying "Sure, it's a romantic comedy, but it looks like a Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy," and that tone is just no good for anyone (unless, of course, you're a big fan of the string of aggressive, battle-of-the-sexes style romcoms she's been locked into).
It looks like that's going to change thanks to Aniston's next film Wanderlust, co-starring Paul Rudd and produced by Judd Apatow, about a married couple that decide to live in a hippie commune after they can no longer afford to live in NYC.
Sure, it's not the most jaw-dropping premise, but the fact that it is an Apatow branded comedy should be a good enough sign that Wanderlust will be a bit raunchier than her usual films. If his track record isn't enough of an indicator, though, Hollywoodlife.com have read the script and are eager to report back on some of the juicier bits. As it stands right now, life on the free-spirited commune is going to call for Aniston to do more than just smoke pot (though naturally that is in there): Her character is also going to have a lesbian three-way after she rips off her top in order to stun a bunch of bulldozers primed to tear down a forest to build a new Wal-mart.
So... yeah... not exactly the standard-issue "men suck" romcom she's been known for over the last few years. That said, I wouldn't exactly hold my breath for any of that content to be particularly shocking when it's in the final film. The great Ken Marino and David Wain (who is also directing) can write in all the nudity and sex they want, but that doesn't mean it's going to be up there on screen. The camera will no doubt hide whatever its cast is not comfortable with showing, so I wouldn't take any of this as a guarantee that you're going to see Aniston's private parts, but it is nice to think about.
And no, I'm not talking about Aniston naked. I'm talking about the idea that Aniston is finally taking on roles that are a bit edgier than what she's known for. I could not care less whether any of it is shown, I'm just excited that that this doesn't sound like anotherBreak-Up, Bounty Hunter, or Switch.