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Couples Retreat

comedy, romance

Vince Vaughn stars in this laugh-out-loud comedy about eight friends who discover their participation in a resort's unconventional couples therapy activities is anything but optional.

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PAUSE for kids age 15
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Vaughn/Favreau marriage comedy has lots of sex, drinking.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau was originally rated R for sexual content and language, but the MPAA lowered the rating to PG-13 after an appeal. But there's no shortage of sexual innuendo remaining, as well as jokes about adultery, "happy endings," sexual frequency, erections, and the like. Couples are shown kissing passionately (often clothed in only bathing suits), one character's naked rear is shown, and a yoga class gets very suggestive. The language includes regular use of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and more, and the characters (one of whom is only 20, a fact that's mentioned several times) drink frequently. That said, underneath it all, there's a surprisingly sweet message about the importance of marriage and commitment ... which may not be of much interest to teens, though they'll likely still be drawn to the movie by the cast.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about relationships. Is there anything here that can be applied to issues of teen sexuality?
  • The movie was originally rated R before being downgraded to PG-13. Is that rating appropriate, or is it too mature for a PG-13? Why do you think the filmmakers pursued the lower rating?
  • What can the four couples teach teens about relationships?

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2 stars

"Be an ass for your marriage. Be an ass for your children. Be an ass for love." Couples Retreat should have been way more entertaining than it was. The story premise should have provided plenty of opportunities for laughs. The majority of the movie was filmed in Bora Bora, which is as close to heaven as you'll find on this earth, The cast has proven in other movies that they can be extremely funny, and the gorgeous actresses are in their bikinis more often than not. Despite all these obvious advantages, Couples Retreat ended up being a bland and unimpressive comedy. The main problem was the script, which was very weak. Lots of the jokes fall flat, and the characters weren't well-written at all. It's a shame that these actors were wasted this way, because I'm convinced that with a better script, they all could have shined. Vince Vaughn, Faizon Love, and Carlos Ponce (in a small but hilarious role) are really the only three actors that get any laughs, but they seem to do it in spite of the script, instead of because of it. If you want to see a funny relationship comedy that's set in a spectacularly beautiful place, I strongly recommend that you check out the far superior Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It's much funnier, and you'll still get to see Kristen Bell in a bikini. Win-win.

- lewiskendell, Friday, September 17, 2010

2 stars

Nice scenery - beautiful to look and, and good cast. Sadly, that is the best I can say for it. Not especially funny or interesting. Disappointing.

- romy861, Saturday, August 14, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010