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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
This movie was not only funny, it was sweet and a visual treat with a good moral. That in itself is reason enough to watch it, in this day of selfishness and disrespect for marriage. It was a fun ride. Some near nudity, a man's butt was exposed for a moment but that's all. Nudity is implied at that point but it's for a funny reason and shows nothing else. No sexual implications at that time either.

Four couples take a trip to help one of the couples get some help for what they believe is their failing marriage. The other couples are just along for the ride but the tables are turned on them when they are told there is no free ride at this retreat. You either work on your relationship or you go home. Thinking they can just skate into and out of each "session" and then get back to the fun because their relationships don't need any work, the other three couples say surprising things to "fill in the time" and make it appear that they're living up to their end of the bargain. Their thoughtless comments lead to some pretty funny counseling sessions and, as expected, they learn a thing or two, not only about their spouses but about themselves. In the end, it's all "Encouragement!"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2011
This is a funny movie about four couples going on a retreat. One couple went to fix their marriage. The other three couples were tricked into going. They thought it was going to be a lot of free fun. But after their first day they found out they had to fallow the program to fixing their marriage in order to stay. Fixing a marriage that they didn't know needed fixing. There is a lot of fun and laughs in this movie. But I just think the ending could have been better. It kind of sucked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
This movie is hilarious and the price is even better, I highly recommending buying this DVD.it was shipped to me really quick
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2010
My wife and I went and saw this in theaters and knew right away it was a movie we needed to own. We now purchase everything blu-ray since it's only a few dollars more and quality of video/audio is definitely worth it. An avid blu-ray couple must of this in their collection!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2010
I had been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD so I could see it. As huge Vince Vaughn fans, my fiance and I have enjoyed all of his movies. Since my husband-to-be detests romantic comedies, I had high hopes that this would be the perfect blend of romantic comedy for me and classic, funny Vince Vaughn for him.

It did not disappoint. It is a hilarious movie, and I think everyone can relate to at least one of the couples' situations. It is Vince Vaughn at his best. Yes, it is predictable in some ways and cheeky in others. But, it is light-hearted, funny, and can appeal to a wide audience, though I would not recommend it for children.

It is not a frat boy movie or cult classic, like Wedding Crashers, but it is a great date movie, from the funny lines to the physical comedy. I think the cast was perfect for it, and you'll find yourself quoting some of the great lines from the movie.

So remember, "be an ass" for Couples Retreat. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
This is a really great movie. I watch it all the time. It's really like a mini vacation. The well-framed scenery is almost as refreshing as being there yourself, and the plot is cute enough, with solid messages mixed in between stupid jokes (both of which I love). I can't think of a better movie for capturing the "resort experience" - and I've looked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2015
I was debating whether to give this movie a 3 star or a 4 star. Too bad Amazon doesn't let you rate in 0.5 stars.
I liked the movie overall, though I admit the main reason I rented it was because Jean Reno was playing the couples therapy guru (loved his role & performance).
Vince Vaughn's character would probably be considered stuffy and uptight for a comedy, but unfortunately he just happens to be my type and I'm biased towards him.
I found Jon Favreau's character hilarious and fun for the most part; he would've been my favorite character, had he not thrown some very personally off-putting offhand remarks.
I feel the movie didn't do Faizon Love's character justice; least development opportunities IMHO due to his physical condition and the fact that his "spouse" is a party-girlish young woman who's way too young for him; it's as if the film put Shane there, just so there'd be a token minority. And the backstory with his ex-wife lacked the most substance - can't feel for their successfully newfound love (except the fact that it's simply stated so).
Jason Bateman's character all but ruined the entire film for me (would've considered purchasing it if I didn't had him so much). I just downright loathed his utterly self-centered and self-absorbed personality all throughout the movie. He was probably (intentionally) helpful ONCE in the entire film for something that he didn't have any personal stake, and a real jerk the rest of the time. I would've much better preferred it if Jason got things a lot tougher than everyone else in the end (and actually had to work much harder to earn his happy ending).
Also, I wish the wives had a bit more of their own personalities, too (with the exception of Trudy). I didn't find Malin Ackerman, Kristin Davis, and Kristen Bell's characters really standing out as unique individuals, like their husbands (contrast how the wives interact with each other or when everyone else is around, as opposed with the husbands).

Then again, in the end, this is just a light romantic comedy, and a pretty short one at that. Maybe I'm setting standards too high.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
I was surfing and saw this movie, decided to rent it, wasn't worth the $3.00 I paid.
It's almost like they started out making his movie without any idea of what it was going to be about.
It would be ok if you don't have anything else, and it was free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2013
This is just a fun movie. Vince Vaughn actually cares in this movie and it shows.

The movie is also fun to watch because of the scenery. Beautiful waters in HD makes you want to go to one of these types of places.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 27, 2010
Directed by Peter Billingsley (Ralphie, Christmas Story), Couples Retreat is essentially a reason for Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau to take a vacation to a tropical paradise. Along the way they decided to make a movie. Conveniently enough, the movie is about friends and their spouses taking a vacation.

When PowerPoint Ranger Jason (Jason Bateman) and his wife Ronnie (Malin Akerman) start to have problems in their relationship - most likely brought on by their OCD and obsession with slideshows - they drag fellow couples Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell), Joey (Jon Favreau) and Lucy (Kristin Davis), & Shane (Faizon Love) and his new fling to Eden, a vacation hot-spot for couples-building that looks like a screen saver, with promises of jet-skiing and beachside alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately for them, they are going to Eden West, a place for married couples to get new-age counseling with team-building, psychiatry, trust exercises and oddball philosophy involving early awakenings and shark adventures. What it's lacking, however, is fun; it's lacking Eden East, the singles side of the island. As contrived and predictable as this is, you already know where this is going.

Missing the "are you for scuba"-vibe from Along Came Polly, I spent the majority of the movie, and especially the trailer highlight shark scene - one claimed by many as the most comical - wishing for a repeat of the shark scene from The Beach.

Despite the cast's obvious chemistry and solid acting, there was just too much kvetching about relationship quandaries to hold throughout the movie, and very little comedy for the mortar. As I've commented on another's review, the reason the rom-coms lose steam in the last act is the requirement to learn heart warming lessons. Made all the more unbelievable because the lessons are learned at a party on Eden East, a place and event just as vacuous as the movie itself. I guess my appreciation for the cast set me up for failure, and potential was not met.

Jason Elin
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