Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau: 'Couples Retreat'
Is this new comedy "mean-spirited" and "unfunny," or "greatly silly" and "unexpectedly wise"?
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."