Couples Retreat

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Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau seem to enjoy starring in the same film that they wrote entitled, Couples Retreat. Jason (Jason Bateman) and his wife Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are having problems in their marriage so they sign up for a South Pacific island vacation that is supposed to help. (I don’t have trouble with my marriage but my wife said I will if I don’t take her on an island vacation.) There’s only one problem – it’s a group package so Jason asks his three friends Dave (Vince Vaughn), Joey (Jon Favreau) and Shane (Saizon Love) to bring their wives on a vacation with partying, snorkeling and jet skiing. When they arrive, they’re told that marriage therapy is mandatory and the other three couples don’t want to attend. However, to the visual pleasure of the wives in the group, yoga instructor Salvadore (Carlos Ponce) struts around in his Speedo and is even seen wearing nothing but a flower. (Yes, sometimes blindness is definitely a blessing.) During this vacation-therapy the couples are involved in a shark attack, a wild session of Guitar Hero and several appointments with massage therapists that don’t have happy endings – no pun intended. This film has a good cast and some very humorous moments, but just when a bit seems to be working, they drag it out too long. There are also so many sub-plots appearing and disappearing, it made me wonder if it’s the writing or the directing. By the way, the director is Peter Billingsley who played Ralphie, the little boy who wanted a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas in one of my favorite Christmas movies, A Christmas Story. Maybe a sub-plot about a Red Rider BB gun would have helped this film but I doubt it. (Of course we don’t want anybody to put their eye out with the BB gun or they might have to become a movie critic.) The conclusion of this film is pretty corny but over all, if you don’t go into this movie expecting much you won’t be disappointed. I’m giving this mediocre comedy a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.