Good Message But Raunchy
Release Date: October 09, 2009
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman,
Faizon Love, Jon Favreau,
Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell,
Kristin Davis, and Kali Hawk
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Peter Billingsley
Executive Producer: Guy Riedel
Producer: Scott Stuber and Vince Vaugh
Writer: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and
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Expecting a resort vacation, they instead discover that their resort involves marriage counseling sessions, yoga and other activities. Thus, the couples can no longer hide from their problems and begin to bring their marital issues into the forefront.
When Shane’s younger girlfriend goes to “the other island” for singles, the others go to get her back. There they confront each of their own troubles and begin to work out their problems. It turns out Shane’s ex-wife is there, hoping to find him.
COUPLES RETREAT has a charming ensemble cast that works well together. The story is at times a bit predictable but makes the viewer want the couples to work out their problems. Though treated with a light touch, there are many scenes that do show genuinely solid marriage counseling principles such as communicating and hearing the spouse out.
The point of the movie is that marriage is for a lifelong commitment. One character regrets marrying his high school girfriend (she was pregnant) and missing out on the “fun” of a swinging single life. Another character says she was a virgin when they married, and she needed to find out what was “out there.” Both characters discover that marriage is better than a wild, pagan lifestyle and ultimately embrace their marriage commitments.
COUPLES RETREAT contains some minor foul language and a scene of implied sexuality between one of the married couples. However, there is also upper and rear male nudity and a scene of the couples doing yoga that simulates and implies sexual positions. It’s a shame that the movie’s positive message extolling marriage is hurt by such obscene moments.
COUPLES RETREAT has a charming ensemble cast that works well together. The story is sometimes predictable but makes the viewer want the couples to solve their marital woes. The movie’s main point is that marriage must be a lifelong commitment. However, it contains some minor foul language and a scene of implied sexuality between one married couple. There is also brief male nudity and a risqué scene involving some lewd yoga positions. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.