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A 2009 comedy film directed by Peter Billingsley

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Not As Good As Swingers...

  • Oct 13, 2009
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In the newest comedic attempt from Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, we are treated to four very different couples that, of course, are all friends and all very cliche. We have the Type A, control freak couple, the seemingly perfect couple where the wife feels taken advantage of, the newly divorced and dating a 20-year-old guy and finally, the high school sweethearts who feel like they lost out by marrying young.

The Type A, control freak couple (played convincingly enough by Jason Bateman and Kirsten Bell) break EVERYTHING down into PowerPoint presentations that they show their friends. They're on the brink of divorce and are searching for where they went wrong. See, they've been trying to conceive for the last year and have turned their frustrations on not being able to conceive toward each other. During a little boy's birthday party, the couple show a PowerPoint presentation on a couple's retreat, saying that they needed this trip to save their marriage.

During the presentation they focus on the fun stuff like jet skiing, spa treatments and the all-inclusive nature while glossing over the couple skill building section of the trip. When confronted about it, they say it's optional. Yes, you guessed it, it's not. That's as much as I can say without spoiling this flick for you, just in case you want to see it.

Except for this little SPOILER ALERT: Probably the funniest line from the movie is during a scene where Dave (loyal father and hubby, played by Vaughn) confronts Joey (the cheating hubby who married his high school cheerleader girlfriend when she was pregnant, played by Favreau) about Joey's desire to drink and party with girls way younger than him. "If you want to play let's swap diseases and guess each other's tribal tatooes, [go ahead]"

This movie is a really cute date movie but, I wouldn't rush out and pay $22 to go see it. It's funny in a classic Vaughn/Favreau way but, is no match for Swingers. The best actor by far was Carlos Ponce, who played Salvadore, the muscularly sexy yoga instructor who attempts to dry hump the entire cast. If you're married, you might think it's hilarious. But, if I were you, I'd just wait until it hit Blockbuster or Netflix and save it for a rainy day when you want a little light-hearted comedy that doesn't make you think while snuggling up to your honey on the couch.

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November 16, 2009
Um...they will never beat out Swingers...EVER!

The way movies are these days, this will probably be available on Blockbuster/Netflix by Christmas so maybe I'll wait.  (love the Blockbuster reference...thanks for not making me feel like an outcast! ha ha)

Hmmm...which cliche couple does YOUR relationship most mirror?
November 17, 2009
Hmmm....d) none of the above. I don't have kids, I'm not a control freak, we're not high school sweethearts/would rather have sex with anyone but each other AND I'm not a 20 year old chicken head. LOL... Definitely wait for Blockbuster, and you're most welcome for including you ;p
 
October 13, 2009
Nice Review, Samantha! My friends and I were arguing whether to see this or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY so I won LOL! However I do like the cast on this one and may see this movie this coming weekend. Thanks for the review.
October 13, 2009
It's a good brain candy flick, so I think you'll enjoy it for a lazy afternoon matinee. I still have to check out Paranormal Activity- think I'll go read your review on it now and see if I should!
 
October 13, 2009
Great review Sam, I hold "Swingers" in the highest esteem. I remember a lot of people comparing Vaughn & Favreau's follow up film "Made" to "Swingers" but in my opinion it fell way short. Sounds like this one does too.
October 13, 2009
Loved SWINGERS!
October 13, 2009
Me too and you're right- Made didn't hold up to Swingers at all! Sometimes you have a hit on your hands and everything that follows falls a little flat. 
 
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review by . November 14, 2009
Title: Couples Retreat   Director: Peter Billingsley   Staring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristen Davis, Mail Akerman, Kristen Bell, Kaij Hawk, Jean Reno    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures    Genre(s): Comedy    Rated:       (For on appeal for sexual content and language)         Buy From Amazon.com: Soundtrack / Soundtrack (MP3) / Poster   …
review by . June 24, 2010
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Maybe it's because I'm married and am sick of all of the immature trash that passes for comedy today, but I actually liked Couples Retreat. One thing I appreciated about this movie is that it's not too vulgar or explicit - well, at least by today's standards. I think it's something adults could watch, not just teenagers. It has a good script with some witty lines and funny scenes that toy around with uncomfortable sexual tension but in a funny way (although the yoga scene went on a bit too long). …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
Laugh out loud fun- not for kids
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2010
Pretty good movie. No Hang Over but I was entertained.
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Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team up after their '90s career-making hit,Swingers, to write and costar inCouples Retreat, a romantic comedy that's heavy on the satire, but is also knowing and wry, asSwingersis at its best. Vaughn and Favreau are joined in the top-notch cast by the always engaging Kristin Bell (whose appearance with Vaughn, in a romantic tropical setting, may remind viewers ofForgetting Sarah Marshall), Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Faizon Love, and Jean Reno. Fans of romantic comedies, and comedies of manners, will be delighted at the snappy interaction among the actors, and the zingers delivered by the script.

"You are not buying some 20-year-old broad a motorcycle!" yells Vaughn's character, Dave, to Love's character, Shane, who's having an early midlife crisis. "She's a kid! Buy her a Hello Kitty book!" Turns out that all the couples in Dave and Shane's circle are having issues, and decide to take a group tropical vacation. Ah, but there's a catch: the island getaway comes with mandatory couples counseling and bonding events. Most of the film's laughs come from cringe-worthy fish-out-of-water moments, though there are some pretty great fish-in-water moments, too: Dave begins to panic during a test involving swimming with sharks. "It's time to get the gun, and shoot some fish!"

Reno is also a standout, as the unctuous New Age-y director of the retreat, ...

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Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures

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