The Bounty Hunter chased down every formulaic plot detail known to man and handcuffed them to the screenwriters. No, not related to 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' (unfortunately...) but instead a romantic comedy that one could find at the bottom of a bargain bin. Just, right at the bottom. Got to move all those good films above it first. Oh! There you go. See the cover? Butler sitting on top of Aniston whilst she's looking directly into your soul with her fake smile thinking "why am I doing this?". Yeah. The Bounty Hunter. An ex-husband is tasked in arresting his ex-wife to jail whilst she is investigating a mysterious murder.
Ex-husband and ex-wife rekindle their ex-relationship by participating in ex-citing scenarios on their journey to jail, all in time for X-mas I'm sure. Because, believe it or not, the writers wanted you to know that these two were ex's. Damn right they did! They splattered it in bright white text almost immediately. Bam! Ex's. Just two selfish, unlikeable, beautiful, uncharismatic, forcefully "funny" individuals who happened to fell out of love. It remained unknown to the audience as to why this happened, but you go with it. You have no choice. Aniston does the best she can with what she was given, but when she's been given toilet paper it's somewhat hard to produce a masterclass performance. Butler is Butler (I have nothing else to add). There's no chemistry between them.
Pop music pollutes the film, which probably allowed Ke$ha to gain some royalties because sweet lord every song she has robotically tuned is here. Sudeikis attempts to shift the narrative focus occasionally, but his character is so flat and desperate that it borderlines sociopathy. The murder investigation itself is drier than Butler's face (you could fry an egg on that thing!). And don't get me started on the "Cupid Cabin" segment. The desperation for laughs was excruciatingly painful, and unfortunately Aniston wasn't put to good use despite her presence making this somewhat bearable. Oh, it's nearly two hours long and you certainly feel it. Please throw this film into jail.