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Comedy - Romantic

The Bounty Hunter (2010)


Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Andy Tennant
Writers/Script Sarah Thorp
Starring Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski,

Elevator Pitch: Milo Boyd is an ex-policeman with gambling debts, and is now a bounty hunter. He gets the job of bringing in Nicole Hurley, his ex wife, who is a shit hot crime reporter, choosing to pursue a story rather than going to court to face a charge of assaulting a policeman. He has no trouble capturing her but she keeps escaping and getting on with her case, while he is being chased by some heavies who want to get the debt repaid. Faced with an increasing level of violence they are forced to band together to survive, but despite their increasing affection for each other, he is determined to bring her in.

Content: There is no nudity, although the IMDb content advisory observes Nicole’s busom displayed prominently at times, depending on plot requirements. The main characters run about quite a bit. Nicole is handcuffed to various stationary items. Beds figure prominently. There is a minor plot where she is pursued by a colleague with whom she slept while drunk. The man is often mistaken for Milo by the villains. There are a number of gunfights, sometimes from moving vehicles. So car chases and crashes.

A View: One can’t help imagining script meetings where the possibility of a reprise of “Midnight Run” is proposed – but how about an exhusband chasing his exwife to give it a bit of zing, and over the duration of the movie their love is rekindled? It sounds like a good idea, and with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston in the starring roles what can go wrong. Well, the critics hated it, not without reason, and even though I am a bit of a Jennifer Aniston fan, I also disliked this outing. Despite the fact that almost no-one has liked it, it still made money. So don’t pay to view it, but you could watch it while doing your knitting.

Additional Info: I always find myself admiring Gerard Butler who has carved a niche in Hollywood, but actually comes from Paisley just outside Glasgow.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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