Based on an original idea of Vince Vaughn’s and co-written by his Swingers buddy Jon Favreau, this comedy follows four couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet-ski and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate holiday comes at a price.
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BY James Croot Flicks Writer
Unfortunately, like many modern 'adult' comedies, the best bits of Couples Retreat are in the trailer. Actually, in this case, some of the best bits of this limp laugher are only in the trailer. It appears that what started out as a raunchy comedy has been neutered to achieve a less restrictive rating.... More
What it means here is that along with liberal doses of bikini-clad girls, sexual innuendo and general crudity, there's also a heavy dollop of saccharine schmaltz and family values within Fox, Favreau and Vaughn's paint-by-numbers script. While there are some nice one-liners on marriage: "It's a two way street not a highway and a bikepath,'' those expecting Swingers 2 will be sorely disappointed. And although the assembled cast (including New Zealand's own Temuera Morrison) is impressive on paper, they are little more than archetypes and caricatures.
Couples Retreat is a film that looks less a labour of love for Vaughn, who also executive produces, and more an excuse for a paid holiday with friends in Tahiti.Hide
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