“The Bounty Hunter”
If you’re looking at movie choices
that seem so deadly serious (“The Hurt Locker”) or take themselves so
seriously (“Avatar”) or are serious downers (“Precious”), and
you’re looking for something lighthearted and mindless, maybe some adult
humor without descending into a raunchfest (“The Hot Tub Time
Machine”), then “The Bounty Hunter” might be for you.
Gerard Butler plays
, who used to be a cop, but lost his way about the time of his divorce, so
now he’s a bounty hunter. His
ex, Nicole (Jennifer Anniston), is a reporter who got in her car in too
big a hurry to follow a story, brushed a horse with a policeman sitting on
it, got ticketed for assault, and thought the charge was so spurious that
she failed to show up for her hearing.
Guess who has a warrant out for her arrest?
And guess who gets to pick her up?
OK, now we have the excuse for a series of misadventures, as this
once-happy couple each tries to catch the other one off guard.
Meanwhile, there’s a plot somewhere, about a ring of crooked cops
figuring out how to pilfer the evidence room, and needing to keep others
quiet about their illegal activities, and all this intersects our
dysfunctional couple, on their way to their next spat.
Yes, we have plenty of sight gags, some innuendo, some “adult
situations,” but it’s intentionally PG-13 (a strip club where the
dancers wear bikinis?). Just
don’t think to much about the improbabilities of the plot, and enjoy the
verbal repartee for what it is: just
for our amusement.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace