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Couples Retreat

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Couples Retreat

Peter Billingsley (2009)

108min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A couple on the brink of divorce sign up for relationship therapy on a tropical island, but find they can save money if they persuade their friends to join them. Three more couples go along for the holiday, thinking they do not need any help - but the unconventional treatment soon exposes cracks in their relationships. Comedy, starring Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Peter Billingsley
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Other Information

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

Comedy

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