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Couples Retreat

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team up after their ’90s career-making hit, Swingers, to write and costar in Couples Retreat, a romantic comedy that’s heavy on the satire, but is also knowing and wry, as Swingers is 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 of Forgetting 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!”



Couples Retreat [DVD] (DVD)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Jon Favreau
Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over

Their relationship in danger of dissipating, a couple racing to salvage their marriage invites three other couples to join them at a tropical island resort. Upon arriving at the island paradise to enjoy some carefree fun in the sun, the other couples are disturbed to discover that participation in therapy sessions is mandatory if they hope to remain at the resort.
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