Movie review: "The Bounty Hunter"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In the digital age, we're bombarded with choices in how we can see movies, but one thing still always gets butts into movie theaters: date night. You can't get cozy with a guy/gal when you're huddled around a movie streaming to your cell phone, right?

Movies that shamelessly cater to the date-night crowd can be painfully formulaic, and no one knows this formula quite like Andy Tennant, director of Mars/Venus flicks like "Hitch," "Fool's Gold" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

His latest, "The Bounty Hunter," is as bad/good as you think it is based on the trailer.

Milo (Gerard Butler) is a down-on-his-luck former cop who is making ends meet as a bounty hunter. He's assigned to hunt down his ex-wife Nicole (Jennifer Aniston), a newspaper reporter who inadvertently skipped bail while hunting down a story.

The bickering exes end up on the run from some baddies, and they may or may not find themselves falling back in love (oops, spoiler). Hilarity ensues.

Admittedly, this stuff is like catnip for couples who only get to the movies twice a year, and they'll probably have a fine time. I can't get past the flat jokes or the poorly pasted-on action story.

Butler's smirky man's man with a soft side is walking cliche. Aniston needs to take a chance with her roles once in a while (see: "The Good Girl"). She's settled into Reese Witherspoon territory.

Perhaps I'm just disappointed because I hoped this movie would have more Boba Fett.

"The Bounty Hunter"

Opens Friday

Grade: D+