"Lust in Almost All Its Forms"
What You Need To Know:
WANDERLUST is occasionally amusing. However, the anything-goes spirit proves to be very pagan. The hippies not only commune with nature. They also repeatedly credit Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and a female God with providing the world’s beauty. Thus, WANDERLUST has a Romantic, pagan, rebellious worldview with very strong false theology. WANDERLUST also contains abundant foul language, lewd dialogue, very explicit nudity, and many drug references. WANDERLUST deserves MOVIEGUIDE®’s worst acceptability rating, Minus Four.
(RoRoRo, PaPaPa, FRFRFR, FeFe, AcapAcap, Cap, B, LLL, V, SS, NNN, A, DDD, MMM) Very strong Romantic, pagan worldview with very strong false religion and some strong feminist ideals in which comical contemporary hippies commune with nature and repeatedly credit Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and a female God with providing the beauty of the world, plus some strong anti-capitalist elements that include hero’s wealthy brother is materialistic and obnoxious but pro-capitalist element briefly at end when hero and his wife figure out a way to run a business in the big city that helps the commune they left and moral element where hero and wife decide to be monogamous but their preference for monogamy is just one choice out of many in the movie’s Romantic paganism; more than 100 obscenities and profanities; some light comic violence includes an absurd fistfight while the hero is driving and trying to escape a hippie commune and an out-of-control jeep riding in slow motion through the commune, forcing residents to scatter, including about a dozen fat older nudists; strong sexual content includes graphic conversation, hero’s wife admits she slept with another man and she agrees to let him have an affair but he can’t go through with it so they eventually get back together band agree to be monogamous, offers of open marriage are positively portrayed; some shots of full male and female nudity, woman bares her breasts at a protest in front of TV news cameras that blur the image; some alcohol use; extreme illegal drug use, but sometimes in a comical vein that may give some indication how stupid it is; and, commune leader is lying about wanting to preserve the commune for everyone when he’s really in a shady real estate deal, commune leader tries to win the protagonist’s wife for good, and hippie lifestyle of “free love” extolled.
WANDERLUST is a broad, R-rated comedy with a heavily Romantic, pagan worldview.
George and Linda are a married couple who suddenly lose their jobs in New York City. They try to move closer to family in Atlanta to start over. On the way, however, they stumble across a bed and breakfast run by a hippie commune. After spending a magical night and day there, they abandon Atlanta as well to give life on the commune a chance.
Eventually, George learns that Linda slept with the commune leader. Dissension initiates, and they start noticing other things that annoy them. Among the annoyances are a commune founder (played by Alan Alda) whose mind is so fried by LSD that he constantly repeats himself, a complete lack of privacy, and the never-ending party atmosphere that they begin to wish could end. George tries to get involved with the commune’s free love and open marriage ideals, but finds he can’t. So, he leaves the commune, only to discover that he can’t live without Linda. What will he do?
As it bounces from one oddball commune scenario to another, WANDERLUST is occasionally amusing. However, the sheer bacchanalia and anything-goes spirit in the commune proves to very pagan. Thus, WANDERLUST has a Romantic, pagan, rebellious worldview with very strong false theology. The hippies not only commune with nature. They also repeatedly credit Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and a female God with providing the beauty of the world.
In addition to all this, there’s a scene where the protagonist and his wealthy, obnoxiously materialistic brother argue and hurl obscenities and insults at one another. Of course, during the commune scenes, the protagonist and his wife share drugs, alcohol, and very nearly themselves with the hippies. Sometimes, however, the movie seems to satirize the people in the commune as ridiculous and naïve, but this doesn’t last.
Besides adultery and some graphic sexual dialogue, WANDERLUST contains abundant foul language, including many strong obscenities and profanities. It also has some very explicit nudity.
The negative elements in WANDERLUST combine to give the movie MOVIEGUIDE®’s worst acceptability rating, Minus Four.