Couples Retreat: DVD Review
Universal Home Entertainment
Cast: Vince Vaughan, Jason Bateman,
Jon Favreau, Peter Serafinowicz, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis
Couples Retreat (starring a
group of the Frat Pack) is the tale of 4 couples who head to an island resort at
the insistence of one of their own who are on the verge of divorce - and see the
getaway as a last make-or-break chance.
quartet of couples all have their issues - there's Jon Favreau's Joey and
Kristin Davis' Lucy who are at the stage of their marriage where they can't
stand the sight of each other; Jason Bateman's suffocating Jason and Kristen
Bell's Cynthia who (as mentioned) are on the verge of divorce; Faizon Love's
divorced Shane and his 20-year-old girlfriend and Vince Vaughn's Dave and Malin
Akerman's Ronnie - who to be fair are the strongest of the couples and whose
only real problem is getting time together.
on the Paradise Island, the gang soon realise what they'd expected to be a
vacation is more about therapy, building and strengthening relationships and
talking - than partying and enjoying it.
by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn (a reteaming of the Swingers gang), you'd expect
Couples Retreat to be a riotous laugh a minute look at relationships during a
retreat on a paradise island.
However, that's far
from what you get - it's more like a drama with some gags thrown in occasionally
- it's disappointing in the extreme given the comedic talent involved.
Though it's worth saying for the first time on screen,
I've actually warmed to a character played by Vince Vaughn; usually boorish, his
Dave is probably his most reality grounded and mature role ever which sees you
sympathising with his plight as he and Ronnie begin to realise everything's not
perfect in their lives.
Most of the laughs from
Couples Retreat come from the side characters; from Peter Serafinowicz's
contemptuous, sneering, deadpan island host Stanley to Carlos Ponce's
terrifyingly creepy yoga instructor.
Extras: A smattering of extras including an
alternate ending,gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, a doco on filming in
Bora Bora (oh the hardships) and commentary from director and Vince Vaughan
round out the package - but ultimately the film is a disappointment.