In case you hadn't caught the drift of the other reviewers, Couples Retreat is bad. With such a great ensemble cast and its classification as a comedy you would think that the film would have at least one funny scene but amazingly it didn't! I'm all for enjoying films that are so bad they are good but this was just painfully awful and with such wasted potential too! In isolation, Jon Favreau- top writer and actor, Vince Vaughn- yes always the same character but he is undoubtedly a pro, Kristen Bell- quirky, fun and a great comedy actress, Jason Batemen- who doesn't love Arrested Development, even the great British national treasure that is Peter Serafinowicz pops up in a role plus the man that is Jean Reno from Leon fame! It's actually quite incredible that this combination could go badly.
Sure, a couple wishing to reunite their love and passion en rope their unsuspecting friends into the 'holiday of a lifetime' in the picturesque resort of West Eden isn't groundbreaking stuff, but there is a solid foundation from which to develop the film- isn't there? Thinking there would be jet skiing, snorkeling and lazing around the friends are shocked to find out there is a very strict itinerary in place per day. And from hereon it it is cliché after stereotype after character flaw after cringe.
Also where the hell did they find Vince Vaughn's Dad from? I haven't seen such bad acting in a long time. The three stars came from Peter Serafinowicz, John Michael Higgins and Jon Favreau making me raise a smile ONCE.
I think I need to go and lie down because this irritation is causing a non comedic hernia.
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Dave and Ronnie, Jason and Cynthia, and Joey and Lucy are close. The group used to include Shane and Jennifer, but they divorced and she's gone. Jason and Cynthia announce that their marriage is in trouble, and they beg their friends (and Shane's young girlfriend) to join them on a couples' retreat, at the package rate, on a tropical island. The others reluctantly agree, planning to play while Jason and Cynthia work on their marriage with an island psychologist. To everyone's surprise, the package is inflexible: each couple must participate in the couples' exercises. Soon fault lines appear in all four relationships. What's in store for each couple?
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