Written by “The Film Nest” writer Rob R. (Raging Rob in the Comments section)
If I were an actor, where would I want to go to film a movie? A beautiful tropical island would probably be right near the top of my list (right behind outer space). It seems that a lot of people in Hollywood share my thoughts, as many romantic comedies of late have filmed in great tropical settings. Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Heartbreak Kid both had the gorgeous backdrops of Cabo San Lucas and Hawaii to soak in. The people behind Couples Retreat must have had the same great idea, as this movie was filmed mostly in Tahiti, and as a backdrop, it looks stunning (the location, not the actual film).
Couples Retreat is the story of four couples, who all travel to a tropical island for a little R&R, or so they think. The first couple, played by Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, are the happy couple who have it all, including a great seven year marriage and kids. Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis are the couple who have begun looking outside of their marriage for companionship. Faizon Love and Kali Hawk are the new couple with a big age difference. Finally, Jason Bateman and Kirsten Bell are the couple desperate to save their relationship, so they invite the others to go along with them to the Eden resort for a week of fun in the sun. When the couples arrive on site, they soon find that the couples therapy that Bateman and Bell’s characters are there to receive is also mandatory for them.
Couples Retreat was directed by Peter Billingsley, who most will remember as Ralphie Parker from the 1983 Christmas classic A Christmas Story (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid”). It was written by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. This film is yet another collaboration between Favreau and Vaughn, who have starred in many comedies together, most notably Swingers and Made (which Favreau also wrote). Also costarring in the film is Jason Bateman, who I’m a fan of, as he makes everything he’s in instantly more watchable, even Juno, and he had the best scene in all of Smokin’ Aces (“Gimme the padlock and put the chain on it”).
Couples Retreat looks like a decent, if not too funny comedy. In the trailer, Faverau has most of the best lines and Vaughn displays his usual sarcastic line delivery. My only problem with this movie from what I can tell, besides the generic comedy aspect, is that all the couples save for Favreau and Kirsten Davis, are at least ten years apart in age and don’t look realistic together. Average looking 40-year old guys always get gorgeous twenty-something chicks that look like models. I guess that’s Hollywood for ya. Oh well. I was hoping the film would be given an R rating and will have more adult humor than it showcases in the preview and my prayers were answered. Hopefully that boosts the quality just a little bit.
You too can take a vacation with Couples Retreat on October 9th.