Jennifer Aniston. Gerard Butler. Romantic comedy.
I don’t know who thought that was going to work but they were wrong. Add in a not-very-funny script and you get The Bounty Hunter.
But wait, this is a Rom-Com with a twist! Milo Boyd (Butler) is a bounty hunter who has been asked to track down his ex-wife Nicole (Aniston). Oh and they hate each other by the way. Hilarity ensues…at least it’s meant to.
There are many points in the movie where I was just bored out of my mind. It’s so obvious what’s going to happen and while I appreciated the little twists put in the plot, it doesn’t make up for the clichés that fill the movie. Clichés that aren’t even executed properly.
Jennifer Aniston is actually pretty good in this movie. She is somewhat believable as the annoying journalist who is willing to drop anything for a lead on a story, including an important date in court!
She is definitely comfortable in the comedy genre but Gerard Butler is not. He just isn’t charming, funny or suave like the character demands. Sorry but even taking off his shirt isn’t even enough to distract from the fact he isn’t a good enough actor to tackle this genre. Plus he needs to work out because he’s not working with the body he had for 300!
To be fair the script doesn’t give them much to work with. The lines aren’t witty or original and the whole we hate each other but obviously still love each other and will realise it somewhere near the end of the movie plot is so predictable but that all you can do is focus on performances, which unfortunately are not strong enough.
There are some comic moments from minor characters such as Christine Baranski as a sexual mother-in-law but the lack of actual comedy means this film fails in a genre that really isn’t hard to crack.