Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat, a debut by actor-turned-director Peter Billingsley, is a romantic comedy that greatly disappoints. Try as it might, the film leaves behind a tormented audience frustrated with wasting both their time and dollars. In fact, it seems like an elaborate plan cum excuse for scriptwriters and actors Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn to take an all expenses paid trip down to an exotic island.

Four couples, coerced by near divorcees Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell), troops down to breath-taking Bora Bora for a laid-back weekend and thinking that they could skip the marriage counseling part of the couples retreat only to realise later that it wasn't optional. In a few days, even couple Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Akerman) learns that their marriage wasn't ideal as they once thought so. Thereafter, they go through a series of potentially laughable therapy including yoga lessons with an exceedingly attractive  instructor Salvadore (Jean Reno) and even a shark attack on Dave's insistence. And as all romantic comedies end, the couples have a great disagreement and separates momentarily only to work things out eventually.

Despite of the exotic backdrop and instead of being a sharp, witty romantic comedy it was meant to be, Couple Retreat is a floundering attempt with bland, stereotypical characters, and a mediocrely disappointing script by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. With hardly any eye candies for the female audience while giving credit to the attractive actresses, Couple Retreat is definitely one film to be missed at the theatres and perhaps not even worth the trip down to the DVD stores for the busybees.

Related links: Couples Retreat official site, Couples Retreat - Wikipedia, Couples Retreat - Rotten Tomatoes review

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