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A FRIEND IN NEED; YOUR MOVIES.

Byline: MARK ADAMS

THE BOUNTY HUNTER

12A, 110 mins Opens Wednesday, March 17

THE STARS Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski, Natalie Morales.

THE STORY

Down-on-his-luck bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Butler) is given his dream job - tracking down his ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurley (Aniston) who has missed a court appearance after skipping bail.

He succeeds in tracking her down and gleefully prepares to hand her over to the police in handcuffs.

But he then discovers that Nicole is investigating an alleged cover-up in a murder case and the bickering couple soon find themselves on the run for their lives.

THE VERDICT

Aniston and Butler try their best to drum up some sultry sexual chemistry in an actionromantic-comedy which veers from gunfights to romantic dinners.

Jen looks darn fine in high heels and a tight skirt while Butler provides his usual brand of stubbly, leering charm.

But in essence The Bounty Hunter is an Aniston vehicle heading a little off-course. However, the jury is still out on whether she will ever break free from her Rachel character in TV's Friends.

Her latest Hollywood outing starts brightly enough with Nicole bursting out of the boot of Milo's car and him haring off down the road. We then flick back 24 hours to find out exactly what has been happening.

The pacy start is followed by some nice banter, a little bit of sexual chemistry and some sunny locations.

Then for some reason the action slows down as The Bounty Hunter tries to play up the romantic element. Unfortunately this includes an overblown episode of Milo and Nicole going back to the cosy romantic hotel where they spent their honeymoon.

Suddenly you feel like you are in a totally different movie as you wait for the action to start up again.

Yes, there are moments when Aniston and Butler do develop some on-screen chemisty, yet director Andy Tennant never seems to find a way to get this meandering story to mesh together.

Sadly The Bounty Hunter is a film that offers no real surprises... just a few modest laughs, a couple of gunfights, one car chase and an oddball cameo performance by Christine Baranski (so good in Mamma Mia!) as Aniston's mother, a boozy Atlantic City burlesque performer.

FILM of the week FINAL CUT Modest romantic-action fun despite Jennifer Aniston's best efforts.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2010
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