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:: The Bounty Hunter

During this film, I couldn’t help thinking it was a little like a toned-down Mr & Mrs Smith. Which is odd really, because The Bounty Hunter stars Jennifer Aniston and alleged lover Gerard Butler. And, Mr & Mrs Smith featured Jennifer’s ex, Brad Pitt, and the woman he left her for, Angelina Jolie (and on the very film-set the romance is said to have been sparked). The premise of The Bounty Hunter is slightly different to the ‘Brangelina’ offering, but it’s still essentially an action-packed, romantic adventure.

Mr & Mrs Smith follows a bored married couple, who are surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. The Bounty Hunter, alternatively, follows a bounty hunter, Milo (Butler), who learns that his next target is his ex-wife, Nicole (Aniston), a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Like Brad and Ang, the duo finds themselves on a ‘run-for-their-lives’ adventure.

It’s great to see Aniston – looking as tanned and taut as ever - back in chick-lit territory (chick-lit fans will be pleased to learn that the other Jennifer – Lopez - is also making a comeback with The Back-Up Plan, as the previews showed). In The Bounty Hunter, Butler’s Russell Crowe-esque, rugged charm works well – much better than his last foray into the rom-com realm with Katherine Heigl and The Ugly Truth.

The flick is directed by Andy Tennant, who also worked on Sweet Home Alabama (my all-time, fave chick flick!) and Hitch. Tennant takes the characters off-route to New Jersey and Atlantic City, as well as shooting in the film-essential New York. Snaps go to Jason Sudeikis, who plays Nicole’s kooky colleague, who mistakenly believes the pair are in a relationship and gets up to all sorts of hi-jinks following her trail.

There are some cheesy, formulaic moments in this film, but it’s also a fun ride, with plenty of twists and turns and laugh-out-loud moments. And, if you like the bounty-hunting /romance blend, try Janet Evanovich’s book series, starring bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum, for a little more in the same vein.