'The Bounty Hunter'
(Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2010 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Ex-cop-turned-bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Butler, 300) is ecstatic when he gets his new assignment: his ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurley (Aniston), has skipped bail to pursue a breaking story. Naturally, when he catches her, he also gets caught up in the mystery!
DVD Verdict: "The Bounty Hunter" is an example of a good Hollywood-made romantic comedy turned into a dull one. The film, directed by Andy Tennant (responsible much better "Ever After" and "Hitch"), stars Gerald Butler and Jennifer Aniston. Butler is a cop-turned-bounty hunter Milo, whose newest assignment is to capture Nicole, a reporter working for a local paper - and she is his ex-wife - who has jumped bail to go after a story.
While tracking down his divorced wife, Milo himself gets involved in the case Nicole is determined to investigate. And as you know, Nicole and Milo hate each other at first, but then something romantic happens again between them before the film reaches its inevitable conclusion.
Don't get me wrong. The film's storyline is predictable, but it is fine with me. What annoys me here is the filmmakers added so many unnecessary things to the already contrived story that should have been much simpler. There is a subplot about Milo's gambling debt that goes nowhere. There is another subplot about Nicole's coworker Stewart (Jason Sudeikis) that is unfunny and embarrassing. As to the "story" Nicole investigates, it is simply boring.
Even those who can ignore the weak story will be disappointed with the poorly-written characters Milo and Nicole. The two players themselves Gerald Butler and Jennifer Aniston are as attractive as ever, doing their best to save the film. Still the characters they play remain uninteresting throughout. Director Andy Tennant did a better job in "Hitch," but his latest film lacks the charm and wit of the delightful Will Smith character.
It seems "The Bounty Hunter" has borrowed so much from classic films as "The African Queen" and, more recently, "Midnight Run." Sadly they didn't borrow what is most needed: a decent story and more interesting characters we can relate to. [KJ] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making The Bounty Hunter
Rules for Outwitting a Bounty Hunter
Stops Along The Road: Hunting Locations