The Bounty Hunter (2010)

Our ratings: V-1, L- 1, S/N-3. Running time: 1 hour, 50 min.

The beginning of strife is like letting out
water;
so stop before the quarrel breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14

Milo shows his bounty hunter credentials.

Columbia Pictures

Even such likeable stars as Jennifer Anniston and Milo Gerard Butler cannot do much to save this trite story about a divorced couple forced together when he, the bounty hunter of the title, arrests his ex- wife and sets out to take her to jail. Nicole is a journalist who skips out on a court hearing to run down a hot tip on a story, so Milo, her ex, is delighted to be assigned to go after her.

Since when does even a wasteful justice system as ours go to the expense of tracking down someone for such a minor crime? Better, since when has Hollywood become so desperate as to spend so much money on a film that is better suited for the Life Time cable channel? There are some laughs emerging from their predictable entanglements, and even a brief, moving moment when, at the lovers nest where they honeymooned, they recall what they once had going for them.