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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Dave
Jason Bateman ... Jason Smith
Faizon Love ... Shane
Jon Favreau ... Joey
Malin Akerman ... Ronnie
Kristen Bell ... Cynthia
Kristin Davis ... Lucy
Kali Hawk ... Trudy
Tasha Smith ... Jennifer
Carlos Ponce ... Salvadore
Peter Serafinowicz ... Sctanley
Jean Reno ... Marcel
Temuera Morrison ... Briggs
Jonna Walsh ... Lacey
Gattlin Griffith ... Robert
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

It may be paradise... but it's no vacation. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,286,740, 9 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$109,205,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,450,423
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actual St. Regis in Bora Bora, where this was filmed, has a channel on their televisions that plays this movie over and over. See more »

Goofs

When Dave and Sctanley are talking just before they play Guitar Hero World Tour, Dave's guitar strap is straight. He looks away, then it is twisted, and then it's straight again. See more »

Quotes

Joey: Please take the bikini pictures off of your facebook page.
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After the credits there is another scene featuring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau and Faizon Love. See more »

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shockingly unfunny!
11 November 2009 | by bobm5508See all my reviews

What a wasted opportunity! They take 2 of our finest comedians, a beautiful cast of hard working actresses, and a great tropical setting and it comes out a stale, lifeless. laugh-free mess. Man, this was painful to watch. Vince fired off a few smile inducing one liners in the start-up domestic setting, and that was the last smile they got out of me. Once the cast was moved to the tropics, everything went wrong. Male on male embarrassment was overused -- about 5 times. Vince tried a few off the wall diatribes that fell flat. Young women swoon over Jon Favereau (huh?!?!) and he ignores the fabulous Kristen Davis?! The pratfalls to marriage are glossed over and play out badly. Every scene seems to last about 5 beats too long. Favereau gets not one, but two masturbation scenes. What??! Neither comes even close to delivering any humor. All 4 couples have shaky or totally damaged relationships and then in a 10 minute whirlwind finale, all solve their problems in a totally superficial way. And I couldn't possibly have cared less about the "Guitar Hero" duel. Yikes!!

I guess I blame the writing for being witless, shallow and lazy. The actors take that material and lay an egg with it. And a 1st time director (the legendary "Ralphie" of "Christmas Story" fame) either couldn't see it or was over-matched by having the writers and producers in front of the camera.

A huge disappointment for me, and shocking that this dribble can gross over $100M at the box office. Any evening of bad TV sitcoms would be just as "enjoyable", and $9 cheaper.


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