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2012 – Wanderlust

Directed by: David Wain
Written by: David Wain, Ken Marino
Produced by: Paul Rudd, David Wain, Ken Marino, Judd Apatow
Production year: 2011
Original release: February 24, 2012
Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Other cast: Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman
Misc: IMDB | Amazon | iTunes
Movie Summary

George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) have overextended, overstressed lives in Manhattan. After George loses his job, he and Linda have little choice but to move to Atlanta and stay with his terrible brother. On the way, the couple happen upon Elysium, an idyllic counterculture community, where money, careers and clothing are strictly optional. George and Linda think that they can make a fresh start in Elysium, only they may be trading one set of problems for another.

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About the Character

Paul Rudd plays George Gergenblatt, a


Sherm: How’s the new place, man?
George: Oh, terrific. Super small and really expensive.
Sherm: Oh my god, well, that does sound good. Super small and really expensive?
George: Yeah.
Sherm: Sometimes, you can only get one of those, but you got both of those.
George: Yeah, no, it’s a deal.
Sherm: That’s great. How’d that happen?
George: … I know.
Sherm: Reason number 25 I’m not married. Like I need someone I need to buy shit I can’t afford. It’s all about the Benjamins, my friend. The Benjamins.
George: Yeah.
Sherm: I’ll be one of those guys who’s just old and ugly, rich, has a hot wife, like, uh…
George: Gollum.
Sherm: Not Gollum.

Carvin: Just remember, money buys nothing.
George: Well, nothing important, right?
Carvin: No, no. Money literally buys nothing.
George: I think you mean–mean metaphorically.
Carvin: No, literally nothing.
George: Well, literally, money buys most things.
Carvin: No, nothing. Wait, are you saying that–
Linda: No, you know–
George: Well, I’m saying that literally, you–
Carvin: I’m saying that literally money buys nothing. I don’t know what you’re–
Linda: It buys nothing.
George: You’re right. Money pays for nothing.
Linda: That’s right.
George: But not literally.

George: I love it. I think it’s great. What more do we need? We’ve got a bed, it looks nice and broken in. We’ve got a shelf. We’ve got a door… way. We’ve got a doorway.
Seth: Doors close us off from one another. We like to keep a nice, open flow in the house.
George: Yeah. I don’t need a door. Do you need a door?
Linda: Nah.
George: I’m glad we don’t have a door. Doors are bullshit.
Seth: That’s right.
Linda: Honey, I can’t do this. I can’t. I like doors. I love them, in fact.

Seth: Come on, gesticulate with me.
George: I’ll give it a shot.
Seth: So, what you do is you just basically shout out whatever you don’t like. Shout it out! Why is there war?
George: Mushrooms!
Seth: Sure. Mushrooms!
George: It’s a textural thing for me. Pomegranates! Dallas Cowboys! Hummers! The car, not the– not an actual– (Shouts.)
Seth: Pick something a little more global.
George: Ketchup! I don’t like even that. Well, no, ketchup’s okay.
Seth: All right!
George: Traffic!
Seth: Try to come up with stuff that’s like self-reflective.
George: Wheat-grass!
Seth: Wheat-grass?
George: It tastes like grass!
Seth: I know!
George: War! War!
Seth: He’s doing great!
George: War!
Seth: Great job!
George: And other card games!

George: Sweetheart, listen to me. Listen to me. You are tripping your balls off.
Linda: I can fly! I believe I can fly, George!
George: Metaphorically, I believe you can fly. Literally, you can’t fly.
Linda: I believe I can fly!
George: You know what? If you’re going to get literal with an R. Kelly song, Linda, do “Trapped In the Closet!” You can’t break your neck if you’re trapped in a closet.

Karen: Oh my god!
Carvin: What’s the matter?
Kathy: What happened?
Karen: George just killed a defenseless animal.
George: What? No, I just– I just swatted a fly.
Carvin: Oh, for Christ’s sake. Here we go. Here we go.
Karen: And now it’s dead. What if it had young living somewhere?
George: Young? Like maggots? What, are you serious?
Karen: This man has a fetish for violence.
George: No, I don’t, I–
Karen: He has a fetish for violence!
George: We’re talking about a fly.
Seth: And where does it end? I mean, you kill a fly, you kill a bird. You kill a bird, you kill a dog. You kill a dog, you kill a soldier.
George: I’m sorry. I didn’t know I was killing soldiers. Hey, I support the troops.
Karen: Oh, I cannot even look at you right now!
George: I’m sorry. I’m trying to learn all of the rules.
Seth: There are no rules here, George.
George: Except, no swatting flies.
Seth: That’s not a rule. It’s just a way of thinking about stuff.

George: Can somebody go a day in this place without a dick in their face?

Linda: How could you possibly be mad at me when all I did was follow your lead?
George: Because it was a stupid idea! I’m an idiot! Why would you listen to me? My god, we’ve known these people for two weeks!
Linda: But I’m not the same person I was two weeks ago. You said to me, “Why can’t we be happy every day?”
George: I lied. Okay? Look, I panicked, alright? We were broke, this place had food and shelter and it was way better than Rick’s. I’m an idiot, alright? I thought we could have fun here, but then you drank the Kool-Aid and I can’t stand it. I wanna support you, I do. But I can’t if it means living here.
Linda: Well, that might be a problem.

George: I left my wife at a commune… What the fuck am I thinking?

Fun Facts
  • This is the second movie in which Rudd plays a character named George opposite Jennifer Aniston. The first was The Object of My Affection (1998).
  • Despite this being their third professional project together, this is the first one where Rudd and Aniston’s characters are romantically together.
  • Rudd improvised George’s “mirror talk.”

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