The Bounty Hunter (12a)

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In which Jennifer Aniston continues to display her remarkable knack for choosing the lamest comedy vehicles on the road.

This time, she plays a crime reporter who's being taken to jail by her ex-husband Gerard Butler, a cop-turned-bounty hunter. The set-up invites us to speculate as to why the couple split up (easy: he's oafish, has repellent manners, and steals from her) and whether adversity will reignite their dormant spark (also easy, though natural justice should make it impossible). Butler, currently a Hollywood favourite, has no obvious talent for romance or comedy, and he makes Robert De Niro's bounty hunter in Midnight Run seem a regular charmer in comparison. Aniston leans on her usual unlucky-in-love schtick and lets her hair do most of the acting.