Sunday, September 27, 2009

Couples Retread

By Chase Kahn

Couples Retreat (Universal, 10.09.09) opens in two weeks and anyone who has seen a movie in the past four months knows about and has seen the trailer for this Vince Vaughn marriage-counseling comedy of epically familiar proportions.

Also starring Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau with Malin Akerman and Kristen Bell, Couples Retreat appears firmly set in la-la sitcom-land where fat guys have smoking hot wives and tell massage jokes ("tension in upper thighs") and wear Tommy Bahama shirts and eat snapper next to tiki-torches and so on. The "exotic destination" of marital rekindling depicted here is the stuff of shitty movies.

Iron Man producer Peter Billingsley directed.

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