Couples Retreat

First Hit: There are some out loud laughs but overall this film's gags soon run out of energy and the film loses its way.

Vince Vaughn is always Vince Vaughn regardless of the film he is in. He doesn’t really play another character; he plays Vince Vaughn in a particular situation. 

In this film he suppose to be Dave a successful video game maker who doesn’t like picking tiles or door handles for his wife’s remodeling scheme. He’s a loyal friend and supports his friends in whatever they need to move their life forward. He is selfless in this way.

Dave and his wife Ronnie (played by Malin Akerman) get convinced to support another couple Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) on a trip to a paradise island for fun, leisure and couples therapy.

Jason and Cynthia think this trip will help them resolve their problems. With Dave and Ronnie's influence two other couples join them on this trip thereby getting a discount on their trip. The other couples are Joey (Jon Favreau) and his wife Lucy (Kristin Davis) and Shane (Faizon Love) with his girlfriend Trudy (Kali Hawk).

Each morning they meet up with the island's relationship guru for some bonding and exploratory couples exercise which include yoga, snorkeling and fish feeding. Each couple also meets with a therapist. 

Each scene creates situations which are played for a laugh. However, the scenes don’t make a cohesive film and we know how it’s going to end.

Vaughn is great as Vaughn but as Dave a family man who creates video games? I don’t think so. Davis was probably the best of the actors in creating a character of interest. Love and Hawk were amusing and fun to watch as a couple. It doesn’t surprise me that Vaughn and Favreau wrote this film as they were the center of male focus of this film. They were also the most egotistical and least interesting of the characters.

Overall: At best this is a video on a Sunday evening where nodding off wouldn't matter.