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At Theaters: 10/9/2009 On Video: 2/9/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539928
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Four Midwestern couples 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, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resorts couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price.
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Comedy - This is a sometimes raunchy comedy aimed at couples and young males. Vince Vaughn's name is the only one above the title, but this is generally more of an ensemble piece, with him being one half of one of four couples. Raunchy humor makes the film inappropriate for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Vince Vaughn FOUR CHRISTMASES
Jason Bateman STATE OF PLAY, HANCOCK, JUNO
Jon Favreau G-FORCE, I LOVE YOU, MAN, FOUR CHRISTMASES
Malin Akerman THE PROPOSAL, 27 DRESSES, THE HEARTBREAK KID
Kristin Davis SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE, DECK THE HALLS
Kristen Bell FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, PULSE
Faizon Love WHO'S YOUR CADDY, JUST MY LUCK, BLUE CRUSH
Director: Peter Billingsley Directorial Debut
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 8 S-words; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: A punch.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Sex gags, banter, wisecracks, physical gags, cute kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Despite being mediocre and largely forgettable, Couples Retreat is not unpleasant, although it's easier to recommend it for home viewing than for a trip to a theater.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average In the context of the film, the jolly conclusion must be seen to be believed.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average It's too bad CouplesRetreat is so poorly written and conceived, given the talented cast and chemistry between Vaughn and pal Favreau.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 221 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Fairly High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
29
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Fairly High
92%
30+Adults (M)
59
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
71
High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 221 moviegoers:
TEENS:A few of the males loved "Couples Retreat." A large percentage rated it "Very Good," which equals above average (a good but not great review). Quite a few rated it below average, which is low. The ladies enjoyed it very much. Over half of them loved it with many more rating it above average to average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both the male and female reviews are very good, but not quite great due to a few low reviews. Close to three-quarters of both the males and females truly enjoyed "Couples Retreat," with a large percentage of them loving it. Unfortunately, a few rated it low.
ADULTS:Great Reviews! Males and females rated "Couples Retreat" about the same. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much with a large percentage loving it and virtually no one disliking it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (MALIN AKERMAN) are the social epicenter of their group of friends. Over the years, they've built a full life through commitment to their kids, friends and work. After eight seemingly blissful years together, Jason (JASON BATEMAN) and Cynthia (KRISTEN BELL) are at a crossroads. The once-happy pair shocks their close friends—Dave & Ronnie, Joey (JON FAVREAU) & Lucy (KRISTIN DAVIS) and Shane (FAIZON LOVE) & his new girlfriend Trudy (newcomer KALI HAWK)—when they announce that they are considering a divorce.

In order to save their marriage, they're making one last Hail Mary.

Jason and Cynthia have discovered Eden Resort, a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific specializing in extensive couples therapy. But the only way they can afford to go is through the "Pelican Package,” Eden Resort's group rate. It's a win-win. While they get the counseling they need, their friends can bask on the white, sandy beaches, relax in the spas, ride jet skis and just enjoy themselves.

As tempting as it sounds (and as much as everyone wants to help Jason and Cynthia), there's just no way they can all get away…until Dave & Ronnie agree to go. Now the four couples are on their way to paradise, and it's "Game On” in the tropics. But there's one small catch…

The group discovers that ALL of the couples must partake in the unorthodox counseling techniques of Eden Resort's renowned "Couples Whisperer”— Monsieur Marcel (JEAN RENO). It's all or none. And if it's none, they will all be sent home. The couples soon find out that not everything is as it seems, especially in their own relationships. What follows is a hilarious and heartfelt look at realworld problems faced by all couples.

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