Couples Retreat (PG-13) 107 minutes C-
Seek a divorce
Starring Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Kristen Davis, Faizon Love, Malin Akerman, Kali Hawk and Jean Reno
Couples Retreat is a fairly entertaining film that starts OK, but bogs down quicker than an elephant in quicksand. It's trying to be a mature rom-com (romantic comedy) that tackles serious relationship issues while simultaneously making us laugh (nice idea, poor execution). The result is a very unbalanced film with unoriginal characters and a horribly trite ending.
Vaughn, Favreau and Bateman provide a few laughs but overall this film is not worth the $8.00 I paid. However, it is worth $3.00 or however much it costs at your local second run/discount movieplex.
Despite an abundance of negative reviews the film set a record for movies opening on the Columbus Day weekend and brought in $10 million more than analyst predicted (according to Monday's USA Today). Maybe you'll like it more than I did...?