Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: October 9th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Directed by: Peter Billingsley
JJ Rating: B-
Couples go on a retreat so that they could fix their relationships. Oh yeah. Couples Retreat.
I really, really, really, really, really, really love the cast. I don’t think they could have picked better people to be in this film. It was all really great choices. I don’t see a single flaw in their casting. However, it would be nice to see Vince Vaughn be MORE than the orangutan gesturing, sarcastic pausing, head swiveling self – even though I love that self.
All the flaws in this movie have to do with the script and how they decided to go about executing the entire film. The best part of the film had to do with yoga and it was so freakin’ funny. But the remainder of the film was not as funny like that.
What it did was give me that want to laugh feeling and delivered it a few good times, but most of the time it got to the edge and stopped and left me wanting to laugh instead of laughing. There were some real relationship problems that were presented but not a whole lot of solving. They meet with counselors but there was not a whole lot of helping. It seems like the scenes with the counselors were a bit choppy like they didn’t know what to keep in and how to show it.
I understand that writers write what they know and based on how little was done with the couple counseling the writers did not know a whole lot about that aspect. They do eventually work through the problems because they were forced to via location, but that almost makes the entire film pointless because there was no building to that revelation or any throw back to what they had learned previous. It just felt abrupt like a sitcom solving a problem within 25 minutes.
Couples Retreat was fun but not nearly as fun as the cost of the movie and the time to watch it would give in an assumption. I use to get upset with people would get or sell bootleg copies, but now not so much. With this kind of film being released I don't blame them wanting to see it for free because it’s almost as if they could care less.