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Rental Review: Couples Retreat

February 16, 2010
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By Chad Larson

I am trying to broaden my horizons and be a bit more open-minded toward movies. A lot of this is to do with the fact that my girlfriend likes a distinctly different type of movies than most of what I like. I’m not saying she doesn’t like any movies that I do, but at the same time she wants to watch other things and I feel like I am obliged to watch them with her. That’s what a relationship is about, right?

Couples Retreat really is about relationships. The movie follows four couples that go to a retreat on a private island. Three of the couples think the retreat is going to be 90% fun, 10% “couples counseling” but quickly learn that the content is exactly the opposite. One couple knows the real deal, but the retreat is actually for them to save their marriage, and they sort of keep the real truth from the others.

There are four couples and each has their own distinct problems. Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman) are so absorbed in their kids, their jobs, and their remodelling that they are growing apart. Shane (Faizon Love) and Trudy (Kali Hawk) are newly dating, with Shane apparently using Trudy to rebound from his failed marriage. Joey (Jon Favreau, who co-wrote with Vince Vaughn) and Lucy (Kristen Davis) accidentally got pregnant on prom night, and did the “right thing” and got married – now they are cold and distant to each other. Joey is mainly interested in getting over to the other island, where all the singles are. Finally, Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristin Bell) are on the verge of divorce, stemming from tensions about their inability to get pregnant.

The four couples go through various types of unconventional therapy, and each of their problems are highlighted both by the therapists and by their own actions. They try to make the best of their trip, but their own problems get in the way.

This is admittedly pretty heavy stuff for what I thought was going to be a lightweight comedy. The movie is funny, but it focuses so heavily on relationship problems that are diverse, and watching it, I couldn’t help thinking “You know, I’ve probably done that” and it really made me think about the things we all take for granted in relationships.

All in all, Couples Retreat was an entertaining movie that both of us enjoyed and it actually had a story that was fairly interesting. Despite some of the goofier comedy moments, you really start to care about whether or not these people are going to stay together in the end.

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  1. February 17, 2010 1:06 am

    Relationships means it is all about give and take, it would be good things or and bad things. To reduce problems in relationship we have to compromise with our partner. we have to find some proper solution to solve the our problem such as understand each others personal values, learn to listen, show kindness, avoid arguments, give and take, share your feelings, and develop trust. These tips are very helpful to solve the problem and develop our relationship.

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