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Film / The Bounty Hunter

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The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 American action comedy film starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler.

Milo Boyd (Butler) is a former New York Police Department detective who works as a bail enforcement agent (bounty hunter). Milo's ex-wife, Nicole Hurley (Aniston), is an investigative reporter. When Nicole receives a tip on a story, an apparent suicide that may have been a murder, she skips her bond hearing (after been arrested for assaulting a police officer) to meet her informant, causing the judge to revoke her bail and issue a warrant for her arrest. Milo is ecstatic when Nicole's bail bondsman, Sid (Jeff Garlin) offers him the job of bringing her to jail, for a bounty of $5,000. Milo apprehends her at a race track in New Jersey, and is not interested in explanations until Nicole admits that she's found evidence that implicates their mutual friend and Milo's ex-partner on the police force is involved in the story she was following, and Milo decides to investigate with her.


This film contains examples of:

  • Bounty Hunter: Well, duh; Milo is a bounty hunter.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Gerard Butler plays an American, but his Scottish accent slipped through a lot from time to time. Notably, the trailer has him utter the line "duly noted" in a manner where one can slightly detect it.
  • Crocodile Tears: Nicole tries this on Milo to get him to release her from the trunk. It doesn't work.
  • Punk in the Trunk: When Milo apprehends Nicole at the race track in New Jersey, he throws her into his car trunk and drives back towards Manhattan.
  • Rom Com Job: Of the "Creative Media Jobs: Print" variety; Nicole works as a reporter for a newspaper.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Stewart, Nicole's coworker, has a crush on her, and stalks her and Milo bent on rescuing her from Milo. Stewart ends up being confused with Milo by thugs sent by Irene, a bookie, because of Milo's outstanding gambling debts and kidnapped in his place.
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  • Working with the Ex: Milo decides to work together with his ex Nicole to help her with the story she was following.


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