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The Bounty Hunter – Movie reviews by Kate

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Rating: PG 13 for sexual content, suggestive language and violence
Genre: Action/adventure
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis
Director: Andy Tennant
Plot: Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher. Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) directs. –© Sony
Running time: 1:50
Kate says – 1 1/2 stars “I like a good romantic comedy as much as the next girl (well actually maybe even more than the next girl, depending on who the next girl is), however, there was very little to find romantic or comedic in this latest entry in the RomCom genre.  Bounty Hunter is a big  jumbled up mess of chaos. The plot, tangled and directionless. Romantic chemistry, practically nil. Very few laughs, perhaps at best a few chuckles, but mostly eye rolls and smirks for me. I must say the audience seemed to like this movie MUCH more than I did. I’m not sure if that says something about me, or the audience…hmmm. I should also tell you that going into this movie I was not a Gerard Butler fan, and guess what? I’m now even less of a fan. Nice abs aside, I find him annoying as an actor and he just looks like he smells bad.”
Ebert says – 1 1/2 stars “I stared with glazed eyes at “The Bounty Hunter.” Here is a film with no need to exist. Among its sins is the misuse of Jennifer Aniston, who can be and has been very funny, but not in dreck like this. Butler is a hunk who can also act; he’s currently starring in Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus.” Aniston is a gifted comedienne. If you could pay their salaries, wouldn’t you try to put them in a better movie? I saw the poster and had a sinking feeling the title gave away the whole story.” (Read full review)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) says – 1 1/2 stars “We have to take the sexual tension on faith, as with everything in this formulaic glob of a script.. I’m all for “edge” and “grit” in my globular action-romantic-comedies, but this genre has devolved to the point where what I appreciate most, in the end, is simply not cringing.” ( Read full review)

Richard Roeper says – C- “Note to Jennifer Aniston: stop playing with your hair! That’s not acting, it’s playing with your hair.” (Watch full review)

Rotten Tomatoes says – 8% “Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston remain as attractive as ever, but The Bounty Hunter‘s formula script doesn’t know what to do with them — or the audience’s attention.”

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