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At long last, Paul Rudd (The Object of My Affection) and Jennifer Aniston (The Object of My Affection) have teamed up for a new comedy, Wanderlust, in theaters today. As always, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Wanderlust.
Q: Am I stupid because I don't know what "wanderlust" means?
A: Stupid is a harsh word. But, come on, everyone knows that "wanderlust" means "child prodigy."
Q: I think that you're thinking of the word "wunderkind."
A: Ah, apparently the auto-correct filled in the wrong word when I typed it into Google. Let me try that again: come on, everyone knows that "wanderlust" means "a strong desire to travel."
Q: So whose character has a strong desire to travel in this film? Paul Rudd's or Jennifer Aniston's?
A: Actually, neither. Rudd and Aniston play George and Linda, a New York City couple who are forced to move after George loses his job and Linda fails to sell a documentary to HBO.
Q: And Linda is so distraught that she takes her top off?
A: What? No, the couple moves in with George's brother who lives in Atlanta, Rick (Ken Marino).
Q: Wait, from the trailer, I was under the impression that George and Linda want to leave New York and move to a hippie commune.
A: No. The two move only for financial reasons. Actually, for a good portion of the film, the goal of both of these characters is to move back to New York City.
Q: So how does the hippie commune factor into all of this?
A: On the drive to Atlanta, an exhausted George and Linda mistake a hippie commune for a motel and the two wind up spending the night there.
Q: Define "hippie commune."
A: A man named Carvin (Alan Alda) owns a piece of land called Elysium -- and he's allowed people to stay there for free since 1971. A resident of this commune can expect no doors, a mandatory sharing policy, and occasional nudity.
Q: From Jennifer Aniston's character, Linda?
A: What are you talking about? No, from Joe Lo Truglio's character, Wayne.
Q: Should I expect to see the male anatomy in vivid detail if I decide to see Wanderlust?
A: Yes. Not all of it is real, but, boy, it sure does look real.
Q: So it's at this point that the two decide to live at Elysium?
A: No. It's only after living with George's brother for a few days that the two decide to go back to Elysium. After which: hi-jinks ensue.
Q: Who is good in every movie that she's in and doesn't get near enough credit?
A: Kathryn Hahn.
Q: How many people have, unsolicited, asked you on Twitter about Jennifer Aniston's supposed nude scene?
Q: If I'm going to see Wanderlust solely to see Jennifer Aniston with her shirt off, am I going to be satisfied?
A: Since the scene has been digitally blurred out, probably not. That is, unless you have a pixellation fetish.
Q: If I had a pixellation fetish, what would you show me to turn me on?
Q: If you're going to be blurbed in this weekend's commercials for Wanderlust, what quote do you hope is used?
A: "A must-see for pixellation fetishists!" Mike Ryan, Moviefone
Q: What's the most contrived thing about Wanderlust?
A: An unnecessary subplot involving Elysium being overtaken by a casino project because Carvin can't find the deed to his land.
Q: How many stars of Wet Hot American Summer are in Wanderlust?
Q: If you could change one thing about Wanderlust, what would it be?
A: There would be more screen time for Ken Marino.
Q: Did you laugh during Wanderlust?
A: Yes. More than I expected to, actually. So, yes, I did enjoy Wanderlust, but it's the kind of movie that you'll remember as being funny without really remembering why it was funny. It's the Romaine lettuce of comedies.
Q: If I didn't like director David Wain's last feature film, Role Models, can I enjoy Wanderlust?
A: Wait, you didn't like Role Models?
Q: I thought it was trite.
A: I looked past the whole "I want to see Jennifer Aniston's boobs" issue and your fascination with pixellated images, but calling Role Models "trite" is taking things too far. I'm ending this now. Good day, sir.
Q: But this is only the 22nd question. You can't just leave. Wait, did you just remove a microphone as if this was being televised? You do realize that you are sitting alone in an empty office at 8 p.m., on a Thursday night, writing both the questions and the answers, right?
A: I said good day!!!
Mike Ryan is the senior writer for Moviefone. He has written for Wired Magazine, VanityFair.com, GQ.com, New York Magazine and Movieline. He likes Star Wars a lot. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter