I went to see Couples Retreat last night and was pleased overall. I had heard a lot of good reviews and less than favorable reviews so I didn’t know what to expect. The cast was hysterical!
Basically the plot line is about four married couples who go to a couples retreat to work on their marriages. Only one of the four couples actually feels the need to work on their marriage and the other three couples just want to party in paradise. The couples come to the harsh realization that they all have to partake in the marriage counseling. Humor ensues with all the ridiculous couple-related events…like yoga led by an over-sexualized European, snorkeling gone wrong and couples skill-building.
There were some really hysterical moments in the film but at the same time there were quite a few dull moments. The movie ended a little too cookie-cuttery for me. I expected at least one couple to break up…and no that’s not my pessimism coming through, I’m just realistic.
The film was directed by Peter Billingsley, who is better known for his acting and producing. This was only the second film he directed. But he’s produced Iron Man, Four Christmases, and The Break-Up. The cast worked amazingly together…I mean Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, the list goes on, are all hilarious actors. Vaughn and Favreau co-wrote the script along with Dana Fox. Fox has written for films like The Wedding Date and What Happens in Vegas, so she knows the rom-com genre pretty well.