On : 2010-03-26 12:18:12
Some comedies fail because of poor execution, their humor somehow lost in the transition from script to screen. Others, like the Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler rom-com The Bounty Hunter, are doomed from the outset, lacking even the potential to be funny, even in the best of circumstances.
If you substituted Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in the lead roles, and screened the film in a theater pumped full of nitrous oxide, you would still hear nary a laugh emitted from the audience.
Continuing his tragic post-300 freefall, Butler plays Milo, a scruffy, irascible cop-turned-bounty hunter with a pile of debt and a mounting drinking problem. The source of his troubles, we learn, is his pugnacious ex-wife Nicole (Aniston), a hot-shot investigative journalist who walked out on him a little less than a year ago.
On the trail of a potentially explosive news story, career-obsessed Nicole unwisely opts to skip a bail hearing relating to her accidental injuring of a police horse some months prior. When the fed-up judge declares her a fugitive, a still-resentful Milo is only too happy to bring her to justice. Nicole, unsurprisingly, refuses to go quietly.
Aniston and Butler are both charismatic enough to form a decent screwball rapport (though Butler increasingly speaks as if his mouth is stuffed with peanut butter), but neither possesses the comic chops necessary to extract lemonade