I was going to let the director of The Bounty Hunter go with just a warning, telling him that if he made another movie as putrid as this one that I would actually begin disliking him, but then he did the unthinkable. Andy Tennant, (that’s the director, just so you know), included not one, but two Ke$ha songs in his film. One of them was put in near the middle, while the other was at the beginning of the credits. I just can’t stand for that.
I get it though. Ke$ha is popular, and including popular music in your film will get people to think better of it. They’ll stop thinking about what’s happening on-screen, and instead pay attention to the music playing. There’s a flaw in this theory though: You need the audience to actually like the music that’s playing in order to gain a favorable opinion because you included it. I don’t like Ke$ha, and therefore took a step back from the terrible film that was on the screen, and hit the mute button for a small bit of time, until I guessed that the music had ended.
But I suppose including Ke$ha in your film isn’t enough reason to condemn a movie, so here are some more reasons: It’s boring, it’s unfunny, it’s full of cliché, its main story and premise gets forgotten about part-way through, and the acting is forgettable. And to top it off, the director tried to distract us from these negative points with Ke$ha music, something that I personally dislike. Maybe it’ll work with some people, but I’m not buying it.
The advertisements posters and the first part of the movie want you to believe that the premise is as follows. Gerard Butler plays Milo Boyd, a bounty hunter/former police officer. He is told one day to arrest his ex-wife, Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston). Hilarious shenanigans will ensue.
At least, this is what we are led to believe. What actually happens is this: A couple of failed escape attempts, some dialogue that I can assume was supposed to be funny, and then the mid-way point of the film cuts in, and a new story is brought to the forefront. This story involves Nicole attempting to find out if a suicide was really a suicide, or if it was a murder instead. This plotline dominates the majority of the film, and doesn’t bring with it any intrigue or reason to keep watching.
That’s not to say that the initial premise left you wanting more either, but at least it didn’t feel like the film was tricking you. It was bad, but at least it felt genuine, unlike this new storyline. You get what you were told you would get in the first case, and if that’s the kind of movie you wanted, that’s more or less what you got. The conflict comes primarily from the ex-couple’s drive to either capture or escape the other one. This is what the promos tell you will happen. Having them kind of working together isn’t what you signed up for. It’s deceitful and it’s false advertising that I have just cleared up. If you want a film that is actually about a bounty hunter told to capture his ex-wife, and the shenanigans that result from this situation will drive the film, look elsewhere.
Jennifer Aniston has done comedy for years, gaining worldwide fame on the sitcom Friends. Gerard Butler is less familiar with the genre, but I have confidence that both actors know how to get a laugh out of the audience. But you need a good script for that to happen. The Bounty Hunter does not have a good script. There are hardly any funny lines, and the characters’ dialogue seems to exist just to tell us about the plot. No depth in the words they are saying means they have no personality, which, in turn, means that I won’t care.
However, I still haven’t revealed what I believe to be the biggest fault of The Bounty Hunter: Its length. It clocks in at 111 minutes, although it felt just about double that amount of time. At the 45 minute mark, I thought the movie was almost over, because of how the “bounty hunter” story was wrapping up. But no, it wasn’t almost over. There was still more than half the movie to go. This, more than anything else, left me feeling enraged.
The Bounty Hunter has basically no reason to have been made, especially because of how it was promoted. It isn’t really a film about a man capturing his ex-wife and the problems occurring during that, but is instead about a possible murder that one of the characters wants to solve. It’s not funny, it’s way too long, and its script is weak. I felt like I wasted my time coming away from watching it, and that’s just about the worst feeling you can get after watching a movie. Please, do not watch this movie.