Title: Couples Retreat Director: Peter Billingsley Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 53
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.
00:00:19 - A good song to start a film. I feel like this needs more Paul Rudd and it hasn’t even started yet. ****00:05:03 - People shouldn’t call their boyfriends daddy. Ever. ****00:10:27 - She’s from Sex & The City. Yay for Charlotte! ****00:13:14 - Who makes a powerpoint about an impending divorce? Graphs and everything. 00:16:26 - How do you get a babysitter for two weeks? 00:19:09 - It’s all very well having a gun by your bed but don’t you get into trouble if you shoot even a burglar? 00:21:20 - Do the other couples have to pay to go along? Cos if it was a free trip, I’d be right there. 00:22:21 - That’s the cutest kid ever, right? 00:24:04 - “This is like a screensaver!” 00:28:11 - Smiles is not a good currency. ****00:34:42 - It’s the only French man in the world! 00:38:02 - “Dormant relaxed muscle” is a great description. 00:44:09 - This therapist seems a lot less positive than the others. Poor Vince. ****00:58:05 - A shark attack puts you in an elite group, apparently. ****01:09:11 - How do they make it snow inside? 01:14:48 - This is going to end in disaster. 01:22:26 - That Salvador fella has an okay body but he isn’t very attractive. 01:24:00 - All of that beautiful island to play with and they’d rather put on Guitar Hero. 01:25:52 - How did he carry the money without it getting wet? ****01:29:44 - The abandoned Starbucks! 01:31:47 - Twitter gets a mention in a film! 01:38:19 - Why doesn’t he just stay and watch the show with her? Letting go of the controlling nature would help. 01:43:53 - Honestly, someone’s got to clean all that up!
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!