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Couples Retreat

Published April 27, 2010

Couples Retreat

Film info

  • Title Couples Retreat
  • Director Peter Billingsley
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 53m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline It may be paradise... but it's no vacation

Comedy co-written by and starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Four couples go on holiday together to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples has taken the break for the purpose of working on their marriage, the other three are there purely to enjoy the spa, sea and sun. They soon discover, however, that the therapy sessions that come with the holiday package are compulsory rather than voluntary. Consequently, they are forced to participate and, as a result, all the everyday problems faced by each couple are exposed to humorous effect. Jason Bateman, Malin Ackerman and Kristin Davis co-star.

Live Blog

TimeComment
0:19A good song to start a film. I feel like this needs more Paul Rudd and it hasn’t even started yet.
5:03People shouldn’t call their boyfriends daddy. Ever.
10:27She’s from Sex & The City. Yay for Charlotte!
13:14Who makes a powerpoint about an impending divorce? Graphs and everything.
16:26How do you get a babysitter for two weeks?
19:09It’s all very well having a gun by your bed but don’t you get into trouble if you shoot even a burglar?
21:20Do the other couples have to pay to go along? Cos if it was a free trip, I’d be right there.
22:21That’s the cutest kid ever, right?
24:04“This is like a screensaver!”
28:11Smiles is not a good currency.
34:42It’s the only French man in the world!
38:02“Dormant relaxed muscle” is a great description.
44:09This therapist seems a lot less positive than the others. Poor Vince.
58:05A shark attack puts you in an elite group, apparently.
09:11How do they make it snow inside?
1:14:48This is going to end in disaster.
1:22:26That Salvador fella has an okay body but he isn’t very attractive.
1:24:00All of that beautiful island to play with and they’d rather put on Guitar Hero.
1:25:52How did he carry the money without it getting wet?
1:29:44The abandoned Starbucks!
1:31:47Twitter gets a mention in a film!
1:38:19Why doesn’t he just stay and watch the show with her? Letting go of the controlling nature would help.
1:43:53Honestly, someone’s got to clean all that up!

Thoughts

Sometimes what you need of an evening is a good old romantic comedy. It’s hard to tell what’s going to be good and what will be awful, but Vince Vaughn can be great and the trailer looked good.

I really enjoyed this. It was clearly not meant to be taken at all seriously, and was essentially some pretty people running around a tropical island - falling out and making up. It was funny, though, more than I’d expected, and it wasn’t really too slushy either. Win-win!

Rating: 4 / 5

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