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Couples Retreat (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  9 October 2009 (USA)
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A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.


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Cast overview, first billed only:


Dave and Ronnie, Jason and Cynthia, and Joey and Lucy are close. The group used to include Shane and Jennifer, but they divorced and she's gone. Jason and Cynthia announce that their marriage is in trouble, and they beg their friends (and Shane's young girlfriend) to join them on a couples' retreat, at the package rate, on a tropical island. The others reluctantly agree, planning to play while Jason and Cynthia work on their marriage with an island psychologist. To everyone's surprise, the package is inflexible: each couple must participate in the couples' exercises. Soon fault lines appear in all four relationships. What's in store for each couple? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about a vacation in paradise they'll never forget See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn Project  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,286,740 (USA) (9 October 2009)


$109,176,215 (USA) (29 January 2010)

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Did You Know?


Vince Vaughn's character's father in this film, Grandpa Jim Jim, is played by his real life father, Vernon Vaughn. See more »


When Cynthia jumps in the bay after the ladies meet Salvadore on the east side, she is clearly wearing a blue bikini outfit. When she comes out of the water, her outfit is now pink and remains pink throughout. See more »


Dave: Hi, I'm Dave.
Ronnie: Ronnie.
Dave: Ronnie. That's a great name.
Ronnie: Thank you.
Dave: Do you have a cell phone I can use?
Ronnie: Why?
Dave: Someone's got to call God and let him know one of his angels are missing.
Ronnie: Wow, that is the worst lines I've ever heard.
Dave: Well what do you want from me? I've been out of the game for a while. I've been slumming it with a really hot redhead.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Universal logo is in monochrome See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 10 October 2009 (2009) See more »


Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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The Dream Resort For Couples except...
25 October 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Wow, so many negative comments regarding 'Couples Retreat'. I admit it's not classic but I enjoyed it for the most part. I definitely prefer it over the likes of 'Hot Tub Time Machine'. Most of the jokes in 'Couples Retreat' work well and it didn't bore me to sleep like the aforementioned example. I also liked that they didn't use too many toilet humour. Yes, the film does drag at some point and the story is your usual, with nothing new to offer and it has a rushed ending but the comedic interaction between the actors is great.

It's quite apparent that the cast had a great time during filming. Bateman, Vaughn and Favreau have worked in a couple of movies earlier and their off screen friendship only adds to their on screen chemistry. Vaughn is pretty much a more mature version of the character he played in 'The Break Up'. Favreau's Joey too is an extension of the character he played in the same movie. Bateman's Jason has shades of Michael Bluthe (from 'Arrested Development'). Faizon Love is a funny addition to the cast. Jean Reno and Peter Serafinowicz bring some culture to the cast.

'Couples Retreat' has plenty of eye candy. The hot women, Kristin Davies, Malin Akerman and Kirsten Bell do their parts well and look hot. The setting of the couple's retreat is very seductive, like the ideal summer holiday spot.In addition, A.R. Rahman's music is great.

This is certainly not the best of the Bateman-Favreau-Vaughn collaboration (I personally preferred the 'Break-up') but it's fun for a one-time watch.

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