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PCR #521 (Vol. 11, No. 12). This edition is for the week of March 15--21, 2010.

This Week's PCR
Movie Review
"The Bounty Hunter"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Movies are rated 0 to 4 stars

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MOVIE REVIEW
"The Bounty Hunter"  by Mike Smith
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Columbia     
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins


Nicole Hurley (Aniston) is having a bad day. A newspaper reporter in New York City, she is trying hard to piece together a story. Unfortunately her co-worker Stewart (Sudeikis) is trying to keep their “relationship” going…a relationship that consists of one make-out session during the company holiday party. She has also failed to appear in court on charges she assaulted a police officer. Well, it was a horse, but it WAS on duty.

Milo Boyd (Butler) is a former cop turned bounty hunter. Sometimes his overzealousness gets him put behind bars with the criminals he captures. Today he’s having a great day because he just got his new assignment…bring in Nicole, who just happens to be his ex-wife.

A romantic comedy that’s a step above the rest, “The Bounty Hunter” succeeds solely on the chemistry between its two stars. Aniston, who is slowly becoming the Meg Ryan of the 21st Century, has a way with a punch line in a role that really doesn’t demand too much here. It’s as if she’s working with a script that describes her character as a generic tough girl who still pines for her ex. The better written role and, no surprise, the better performance, goes to Butler, who proves himself a fine comedian. Coupled with his voice-over work in next week’s “How To Train Your Dragon,” Butler gives two of the better performances you’ll find in movie theatres this month. The script is your standard “squabbling couple” update, but, as stated above, the two actors do their best to wring the laughs out of it.

Director Tennant (“Hitch,” “Fool’s Gold”) is a rom-com veteran whose cameras here somehow manage to make Atlantic City look good. The two stars are helped out by a supporting cast that includes Jeff Garlin, Peter Greene (who was Zed in “Pulp Fiction”) and the always happy-to-see Christine Baranski. And I’m happy to report that Butler still has his “300” six-pack working just fine!

On a scale of zero to four I give “The Bounty Hunter”  


This week's movie review of "The Bounty Hunter" is ©2010 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2010, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2010 by Nolan B. Canova.