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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.
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
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull Review Average In the context of the film, the jolly conclusion must be seen to be believed.
USA TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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