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March 24, 2010 > Movie Review: Bounty Hunter

Movie Review: Bounty Hunter

By Jennifer Gau

Such a fun movie! It has as much action as there is romance. Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is a bounty hunter struggling to get by. Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston), his ex-wife, is a reporter who puts her career before her love life. Nicole jumps bail and the court is looking for her. That's where Milo comes in. He is ecstatic, confident that he can track her down and bring her back in his sleep. It'll be the easiest job of his career. Little does he know Nicole is not going to make things easy for him. They continuously go back and forth using their knowledge of each other's quirks to achieve their divergent goals.

Andy Tennant is experienced in directing other romantic comedies such as "Hitch" and "Sweet Home Alabama." He has a talent in bringing out unique relationship dynamics and highlighting the small, but important details expressed by the actors' facial expressions. Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston play a great pair on-screen. She makes a black mini skirt seem classy and sporty, and is graceful even in awkward situations. Gerard Butler is scruffy yet seductively manly.

Even though they make a decent pair onscreen, some factors detract from their efforts to show genuine feelings. Jennifer Aniston's signature move of fixing her hair is sometimes distracting and the evil goons chasing them are not menacing enough to initiate any cringing moments.

One of the positive qualities of this movie is the awesome dialogue. The humor is fresh and light-hearted. Although the music is not promising in the beginning, it eventually, sweeps you into its groove. You can't help but giggle and laugh at each new situation.

Action and adventure in this movie make it bearable for those trying to avoid the romance. It's obvious why Milo and Nicole divorced, but maybe there is a door of opportunity that never closed. This movie plays with the answer to one of life's mysteries - the secret to a long term marriage. How do you get to know a person so well, accept their faults and honors, and still love being around them? What to do when you are given a second chance?

Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Rated: PG-13


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