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Movie review - Couples Retreat
This movie by Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau is about four couples going on a holiday together. One of the couples is having marital problems, and they want to take a vacation to a tropical island resort, which includes therapy sessions. However they can only afford it if they take the others and get the Pelican Package all together. So they promise them lots of fun things to do, like snorkeling, swimming, jet ski's and massages, and assure them the therapy is optional. However when they arrive, it turns out the therapy is mandatory. What follows is a week of counselling problems they did not know they had, and all sorts of weird characters to guide them on the road to making up. Will this ruin their vacation, or does it still turn out good?
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This movie is the third time Vince Vaugh and Jon Favreau get together to write a movie and star in it as well (Swingers in 1996 and Made in 2001). If you liked the other two movies you will probably like this one too, if not, stay away as far as you possibly can. It is the same type of jokes and thin plot, you can smell the ending from miles away. It does however have its funny moments. I loved Dave (Vaugh) and Ronnie’s (Malin Ackerman) kids, especially the youngest who ends up using a toilet in a house show room. The funny characters running the retreat island are great as well. Marcel, their leader is just an idiot, but the shrinks doing the therapy are great. And of course we can’t forget Salvador, the over the top superhot yoga teacher (Carlos Ponce). It is a shame though that the minor roles outshine the main characters.
The most astounding thing about the movie though, is how these four absolutely gorgeous women ended up with their loser husbands. But then I guess when you write your own movie, you can cast whoever you like as your wife. And who blames the boys for picking Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Malin Ackerman and Kali Hawk.
If you like silly and obvious comedy this movie is definitely for you. If you love Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau go watch it now. If not, maybe this is not the best choice for you.