Plot summary (with possible spoilers): Jennifer Aniston stars as Nicole Hurley, a journalist who thinks she’s on the verge of a major story. She was reading the police report about a seemingly run-of-the-mill suicide when someone pointed out the following oddity: the victim seemed to go over the building head first, but most suicides jump feet first. If the man landed head first, chances are he was thrown. Nicole then decides to contact Jimmy (played by Adam Rose), an informant that works as a bartender at the local cop watering hole. Jimmy does some checking and discovers that there might be evidence missing from the evidence locker. He calls Nicole to set up a meeting to convey the information.
The problem for Nicole is that she is supposed to be in court to face charges of “assaulting an officer.” She can’t bear to see a big story slip away, though, so she ditches court and goes to meet Jimmy. She arrives at the Dunkin’ Donuts just in time to witness a huge SUV speeding out of the lot, while Jimmy’s car, with a smashed driver’s side window, sits empty in a parking space. Now Nicole is sure the story will be big and excitedly prepares to pursue whatever leads she can find.
Unfortunately for her, since she missed her hearing, she is now considered as skipping out on bail and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Turns out that Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), Nicole’s ex-husband, is the bounty hunter assigned to bring her back in. Milo relishes the idea of being able to earn $5,000 while simultaneously sending Nicole to jail, and immediately begins his pursuit. It doesn’t take long before he catches up to her at an Atlantic City horse racing track.
From there, the film shows how Milo and Nicole constantly bicker on their way back to New York. She begs him to let her finish her story first, he’s predictably a jerk, they rehash the problems from their marriage, etc. etc. — all while finally managing to solve the case of the non-suicide and exposing the police corruption involved. Oh, and of course they get back together at the end. What? You don’t really consider that to be a spoiler, do you?!
- Jennifer Aniston was pretty good in this. I usually like her, but have bagged on her last few films. This film as a whole wasn’t anything special, but I thought she did well with the material she had to work with. In fact, she was the only reason I kept watching this one to the end. And at the risk of sounding incredibly shallow, I think Aniston looks great for her age (nearly 42). I watched this in high-def and didn’t notice any lines or blemishes on her face. I wish I could get whatever acne lotion or wrinkle cream she uses!
- Gerard Butler did more to ruin this film for me than the stupid plot did. Whose choice was it to make him such a disgusting pig in this role? I had zero sympathy for him and found him totally unlikable. Jennifer Aniston was supposed to be attracted to this scuzz bucket? Yeah, right. Butler is a good-looking man — when he’s allowed to be. Why couldn’t they have shaved him, bathed him, and made him somewhat presentable? A movie like this is all about the chemistry between the two leads. Unfortunately, Butler and Aniston had none at all.
- There were a few too many boring scenes that led nowhere. This film felt like it was 15-20 minutes too long, so some smart editing might have made a big difference.
I was worried about watching The Bounty Hunter because of all the bad reviews it received upon its initial release. Unfortunately, most of those reviews were spot-on. I did like Jennifer Aniston in this, but practically nothing else worked for me. I give the film 2 stars out of 5.