A BOUNTY HUNTER LEARNS THAT HIS NEXT TARGET IS HIS EX-WIFE, A REPORTER WORKING ON A MURDER COVER-UP. SOON AFTER THEIR REUNION, THE ALWAYS-AT-ODDS DUO FIND THEMSELVES ON A RUN-FOR-THEIR-LIVES ADVENTURE.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
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Comedy & Criminals
Kathy W | Baltimore | 03/22/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Very entertaining, very enjoyable, I would say this was a strong 3 star. Gerard Butler (Milo) is a former NYPD cop, who left the job to become a Bounty Hunter. Jennifer Anniston (Nicole) is a newspaper reporter who is currently on $50,000 bail for assaulting a mounted police officer, or his horse. And BTW, they were married about 3 years ago, and divorced after about 9 months. While the movie begins in NYC and is tied to NY, much of the movie takes place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and around the casinos.
Nicole is investigating a story about a suicide that sounds fishy. She arrives at court with 4 minutes to spare. When she gets a call from a snitch, she stupidly runs off instead of going to court. The judge orders a bench warrant for her and she becomes a fugitive. The bail bondsman offers Milo $5,000 to go get her. Because there is plenty of leftover passionate anger between the couple, Milo is only too happy to go after her--besides, he needs the money. His $11,000 gambling debt is overdue and, well, they break your legs for stuff like that.
Meanwhile, the bad guys don't like Nicole investigating the so-called suicide, so they come after her. Through Milo chasing Nicole and the bad guys chasing both of them, there is also a wanna-be love interest following Nicole because she made out with him one night while she was blitzed at a party.
I like both these actors and it was good to see them do a movie together. It's a wild and crazy story. It's cute and funny, and yes, I would watch it again.
An unfunny, cringe-worthy cinematic trainwreck
M. Bullions | Anywhere, USA | 07/15/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"n a year where American film audiences have been flocking to sub-par romantic comedy action hybrids, I'm happy to say that we have not done any worse, any more unrealistic, any more unlikable, any more unromantic, any more farfetched, or any more unfunny than The Bounty Hunter. In fact, it's probably one of the worst films of 2010.
Jennifer Aniston plays Nicole, the bail-jumping ex-wife of Gerard Butler's Milo, a fired cop who has since become a bounty hunter. He takes the assignment to pick his ex wife up, and take her to jail. But, somewhere down the line, a bunch of incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo about a murder, a cover-up, and other scoff-worthy cliches cause the two of them to flee, and of course, romance ensues, and it leads the two talented stars into the clutches of rom-com hell.
This is a film that simply tries too hard to be funny, exciting, romantic, and entertaining. It is entertaining for about the first half-hour, and then starts a downward spiral from which it never recovers. It's a shame that Jennifer Aniston, who has been in top form, for the past five years, giving glowing performances in every film she's been in (Friends With Money, The Break-Up, The Good Girl) chose a dud like this. I'm glad to say that her comic gifts have yet to leave her, however her ability to pick a good one seems to be long gone.
The characters in this film could have been so well-written and so interesting, but unfortunately, the lazy writers didn't know what to do with them, and it makes me wonder how detailed the script was anyway. While Aniston's character was somewhat interesting in the film's first act, Butler's character was the most revolting stereotype that I've seen in a film this year. He played the jackass. No more, no less. His character didn't take one unexpected move, or one unforeseen turn.
The one redeeming quality that this film had lied in its supporting cast. Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin and Christine Baranski have about five minutes of screentime a piece, and they bring more life to the table than the rest of the cast does in a painful 110 minutes. While Butler should just stay as far away from the romantic comedy genre as possible, and while Aniston simply needs a better manager, they both look as attractive and gorgeous as ever. There's nothing else for either of them in this disaster, however."
What were they thinking?
Christopher C. Payne | CA | 05/01/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Do you know what it is like to go to the fair and play one of the carnival games? Maybe the sharpshooter game. You take your rifle and get your ten shots missing everything, not winning a single prize. That is what I felt like when I watched "The Bounty Hunter". It was painful to see two actors that I actually enjoy on most occasions fail so miserable at the attempt to create any on screen chemistry. Setting aside a couple of laughs on occasion the movie had no depth, little plot and nothing endearing. It was difficult to watch at times.
Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston) is a reporter for a local newspaper. She is divorced from Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) who used to be a top notch detective, but is now a local bail bondsman. He was fired from the police force for doing something that was never really clear. The two of them dislike each other immensely. You can guess most of the plot from here without me going too much further but alas, it is what I do.
Nicole, since she is a woman, can't drive that well and grazed the horse of a mounted police officer. She was set to go to court but missed her designated time. After several extensions from the judge she finally had her bail revoked, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Milo was assigned the case to bring her in for the sum of $5,000. Damn, I would track somebody down for that much money. Nicole, found herself not only being tracked by her ex-husband Milo but she was now also being stalked by some vicious killers.
She had been working on a new story about a suicide that didn't actually seem like a suicide. When she got to close to figuring something out, she found herself on the run. Milo and Nicole devote most of their energy fighting each other in the beginning, but after both of their lives are threatened they pull forces to fight the bad guys. They bicker, fall in the water at a golf course, rip a bed apart and end up falling back in love. It makes you wonder what happened the first time around to make them hate each other so much.
I happen to like romantic comedies. I like Jennifer Aniston. I like Gerard Butler. I didn't like this movie. As I left the theater I wondered what ever possessed me to walk in to begin with. It was grossly disappointing. I would give it a couple of stars for a few laughs and just for old times' sake, but I sure hope these two don't make another movie together for a long time. Sometimes on screen chemistry works and sometimes it just needs to be saved for real life. Uhhhhh, well, maybe that didn't work either I guess.
I will say this; Jennifer Aniston still has some of the best legs of any woman any age. They are just flat out gorgeous."
Turned it off half way through
Hawaii 5-0 | Glendale, AZ United States | 08/03/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Most of the other reviewers who did not like this film excellently detailed what was wrong with it plot-wise, so I will go in another direction with this review. Jennifer Aniston needs to return to sitcom TV. That is where she shines. Her excellent comedic delivery just does not translate to the big screen, which is not unusual - lots of television actors just cannot make that transition. She is a beautiful 40-year old woman, but in this film, her beauty does not come through at all. Her famous hair looks stringy, her skin is very orange from too much spray-tan, they put way too much pancake makeup on her face so that it was very visible in close-ups, and her normally lighter eyebrows were so thick and dark, I just couldn't get past that.
Now for Gerard Butler. He plays a former NYPD detective-turned-bounty-hunter. OK - I just couldn't get past the fact that rather than have a typical New Yorker cop accent (maybe a little Bronx), his Scottish burr came through so blatantly, and the way he gyrated his mouth to try to overcome this I guess, looked to me like he was spitting when he talked! There are many English, Irish, Aussie and Scottish actors who completely lose their accents when they play American characters. This guy just cannot. He is good-looking, yes, but he is not a comedic actor. As a matter of fact, I just don't see what all the hoopla is about him anyway. I liked him in Atilla and in 300, but he has done nothing of note lately in my opinion. His work is on the mediocre side.
Lasty, there was zero chemistry between these two. Zilch. Nada. My recommendation is to completely skip this film."
Possible contender for all time...
Harkanwar Anand | New York, New York | 08/06/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
I'm not going to waste your time and sound cribby about the film but this film is so bad that it made me want to leave the theater. Why didn't I? Cause I wasn't alone. The only good that came out of this was that after the film ended, we decided to go to Atlantic City at midnight and we drove from Manhattan to AC.
The morning was good but this film is atrocious, easily the worst film of the year and one of the worst of the decade. Worse than the worst Ashton Kutcher film."