Oh, Jennifer Aniston. I almost feel bad for you. No matter what you do, you'll always be Rachel. Lord knows, you keep trying, but you're a sitcom actress at heart. Maybe movies just aren't your forte. As if I needed more evidence, here's The Bounty Hunter, which not only proves you're not made for the big screen. It also proves that it's time to give the opposite former lovers on the run genre a good an proper burial.
These movies rely on two things to work: a good script and chemistry between the stars. The script, if you can call it that, recycles the normal cliches, but in an incredibly inept way. In Sarah Thorp's screenplay, there is no character development. The recently divorced couple spends the entire film arguing, so when they reach the inevitable reconciliation, it is totally out of place. Then there's the dialogue, which sounds like it was stolen from a freshman film student's script.
The leads don't have much to work with, but here, they prove they don't have much to add either. Butler should stick to doing action, because he is not a romantic lead. He has a roguish quality, but not the heart beneath it to make the character work. Ah, and Jennifer Aniston. Let me say this: I've NEVER liked her in anything, be it Friends or any of the movies she's been in. There's a coldness to her personality that seems to permeate every character she inhabits, hiding just under the surface. Here, it's in full bloom. These characters are jerks, and they don't like spending time together. Why did the filmmakers think we'd like to be with them?