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Couples Retreat – Movie Review

Couples Retreat

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis and Kali Hawk

Directed By: Peter Billingsley

Rated PG-13
Run Time 107 mins
Genre: Comedy/ Romantic Comedy
3.5 frames out of 5

Ahh, the joys of relationships. First comes love, then comes marriage then comes the baby in the… or not. Life happens and what is a young couple to do?

Über-organized couple Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are at a major crossroads in their relationship. They have been unable to conceive a child and are seriously considering divorce. As a last ditch effort, they recruit their friends as an opportunity to help them help themselves… PowerPoint style. If they combine their resources they can get the group rate at this amazing resort ironically called Eden.

Not all of the couples are sold on this idea. Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman) are busy in their marital bliss raising their 2 adorable kids, remodeling their home and Dave’s career keeps him busy. Joey (Jon Favreau) and Lucy (Kristin Davis) are weeks away from a divorce of their own and about to send their only child to an Ivy League school in a few months. Shane (Faison Love) is recently divorced but has a budding relationship with the much younger Trudy (Kali Hawk).

It takes a late night visit from Jason to Dave and Ronnie’s house for Dave to soften. While lying in bed after Jason’s visit, Ronnie reminisces about how Dave and she never had a proper honeymoon. Dave being the unofficial leader of the group convinces the rest of them to go.

When they arrive at the island, it truly lives up to the resorts name, Eden. The water is the clearest blue, the drinks are a plenty and there are attractive people to feast the eyes on. Oh but wait, there’s a second resort across the way for singles, Eden East. All of the couples are at Eden West. They soon find out that all’s not well in paradise. The selling point for the couples not wanting the couple’s therapy was that they had open itinerary. Dave and Joey were especially fond of this due to the fact it is playoffs season. They are firmly told that in Eden there no electronic, cell phones or any other types of distractions that would take away from the custom made itinerary of relationship guru Marcel (Jean Reno). This does not bode well with the others, but if they do not comply, they will be asked to leave the island. Immediately. What is the typical Vince Vaughn movie to do? They stay and try to make the humor flow by having each of the couples take a deep look at their relationship and try to make it work – for better or worse.

Couples Therapy is one of those movies that looks hysterical in the previews but doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It has a good blend of humor, shockingly funny moments, serious moments and over the top gags. Some of the more serious moments have a tendency to drag on too long with too much dialog but that is what is to be expected from a movie that stars Vince Vaughn as the lead. Men will appreciate Vaughn & Favreau’s shtick that has worked well in the past with settling an argument with a round of video games. Women will be able to identify with the arguments raised of how their mate upsets them.

Things to watch for: Yoga scene… one of the high points of the movie. The little blond son of Vince Vaughn’s character is definitely a scene stealer and is ridiculously adorable.

Who should see this movie: Couples that need or want cheap therapy. Definitely not a movie for a first date. Fans of Vince Vaughn’s romantic comdies.

See it in the Theater or Rent It? Depending on the mood and if you have seen everything you want to see in the theaters go see this. If not snuggle up with your honey and watch this in the comfort of your home.


October 9, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, Movie Review, movies, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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