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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, fearless in spewing half-nonsense yet having the almost admirable courage to stand behind his convictions. The film was directed with a light hand by Peter Billingsley, who starred as young Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and who has acted with Vaughn in Four Christmases and The Break-Up. And somehow, among the lunacy and the beauty of nature, friends and soulmates may just find the way back to each other. Just steer clear of the Jet Skis. --A.T. Hurley

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CastVince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jean Reno, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell
Genre:  Comedy
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Studio:  Warner Bros Pictures
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review by . October 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 …
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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