My wife and I took an excursion to a virtual island getaway, hosted by Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Admittedly, the lack of laughs in the trailer didn’t leave me excited to see this film, but Vince Vaughn and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Hancock) have accrued much comedic credit with me. This comedy features four couples who escape to a tropical-island resort run by a french relationship guru well-played by Jean Reno (The Professional, Ronin). One couple is there to rescue their struggling marriage, while the others are there to play. They soon realize that they all have issues to sort out and participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.
Writers Vaughn and Favreau make a very enjoyable film by pointing to several relationship challenges that most couples can identify with, and playfully addressing the issues. If you’re counting on Hollywood to sew up these wounds nicely, allow me to caution you. But if you’re looking for a good movie to laugh with your wife while sharing a Coke Zero, with two separate straws, one lifted slightly higher than the other to keep from…My apologies. This is a good date flick.
The script is average but it is bailed out by good performances. The movie seems to struggle finding a good ending but all of that is forgiven by classic Vince Vaughnisms, three sizzling actresses in Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) & Malin Akerman (The Heartbreak Kid, Watchmen), a speedo’d Latino yoga instructor, a cute kid and several laugh-worthy scenes that toe the line of funny and awkward.
Due to the use of comedy, a tropical backdrop, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman, I couldn’t help but think of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and, the regrettable Ben Stiller movie The Heartbreak Kid. This movie is very different aside from the few bonds I mentioned. It doesn’t quite reach the hilarity and uniqueness of Forgetting, but it is no where near the mindless slapstick of Heartbreak. I give Couples Retreat 3 babbles out of 5 because we don’t issue quarter babs.
Post Review Random Observations:
*The PG-13 rating gets a run for its money.
*Writing for Faizon Love proves very difficult for Vaughn & Favreau
*This promo poster includes the African American couple (as opposed to the one up top)
*Star Wars fans get to see Jango Fett circa Ep. II & III
*The women seem disproportionately hotter than their male counter parts but that’s fairly common in Middle America (visit Memphis, TN).
*The resort in this movie is breath-taking. It will entice a lot of people to seek it out. “This place looks like a screensaver!”-Favraeu’s character