Director Peter Billingsley's new movie Couples Retreat is a "mean-spirited quasi-satire," said Lou Lumenick in the New York Post. Written by and starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, the film centers on four couples that travel to a marriage counseling resort in Bora Bora, and all the characters in this movie are made up of "tiresome stereotypes." Hopefully the cast had a good time filming this "unfunny" comedy, because "anybody who actually spends $12 to see this sure won't." (watch the trailer for Couples Retreat)
Anyone expecting a subtle character study or intricate narrative are "barking up the wrong palm tree" here, said Colin Covert in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But Couples Retreat is a "pleasant, undemanding, middle-of-the-road comedy," and if you're looking for escape, this movie offers "two hours of hammock time for your mind."
Couples Retreat "may not be overly ambitious," said Lisa Kennedy in The Denver Post, but it is "greatly silly and unexpectedly wise at times." The film contains "a fine dose of (occasionally bitter) sweetness and a buoyant raft of witty lines," and it's "less a romantic comedy than a timely maintenance comedy."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- An open letter to #brands about Gamergate
- The most sensible GOP alternative to ObamaCare comes from a Senate candidate who is almost sure to lose
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 'Having it all' has officially jumped the shark
- Did Republicans overshoot on the Ebola panic?
- 10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014
Subscribe to the Week