Couples Retreat

  • 15
  • Peter Billingsley (2009)
  • US / Jpn
  • 108 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

A holiday in a luxury South Pacific resort turns out to involve a chastening programme of marital therapy in this ensemble frolic, co-written by and co-starring Swingers duo Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. The trip has been organised by Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, but the compulsory ministrations of Jean Reno's self-styled "couples whisperer" also highlights the tensions within the relationships of their friends - workaholic Vaughn and his long-suffering spouse Malin Akerman, and Favreau and his other half Kristin Davis. The storyline also struggles to encompass the travails of their divorcee chum Faizon Love, meaning there's way too much character set-up and rather too few laughs. Although Vaughn is appealing in an uninspiring "regular guy" role, and Favreau's game for sundry humiliations as the 40-something lecher in the group, there's more midlife crisis on display here than rollicking wit.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau. In an attempt to save their rocky marriage Jason and Cynthia enrol in a course of therapy sessions at a tropical resort and invite their friends along for moral support. Unfortunately, the therapy isn't optional and soon everyone is being scrutinised and discovering things they'd rather not know about each other.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dave
Vince Vaughn
Jason
Jason Bateman
Joey
Jon Favreau
Shane
Faizon Love
Lucy
Kristin Davis
Ronnie
Malin Akerman
Cynthia
Kristen Bell
Trudy
Kali Hawk
Marcel
Jean Reno

Crew

Director
Peter Billingsley

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Oct 2009
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy