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Rashid Irani's Review: The Bounty Hunter

india Updated: Apr 24, 2010 13:56 IST
Rashid Irani

Film: The Bounty Hunter
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler
Direction: Andy Tennant
Rating: ***

Take a burly ex-cop (Butler) who’s reduced to pursuing felons for a reward. Throw in his bail-jumping ex-wife (Aniston) and then let him try and bring her in to jail. That’s the basic premise of this ex-asperating battle of the sexes.

The Bounty Hunter isn’t smart enough either as marital comedy or as action thriller to sustain our interest. It’s all been done before and to more entertaining effect in such films as The War of the Roses (1989) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler don’t click as a romantic duo. There are so many differences between the ex-couple that we wonder how they fell for each other in the first place. Shuttling from New York to Atlantic City and back again, the constantly bickering pair attempts to escape from a whole caboodle of adversaries including one of the least menacing villains in recent memory. The direction by Andy Tennant (Fool’s Gold) makes matters more tedious. All said and endured, the shenanigans of the feuding former spouses just about makes it to the see grade.