Couples Retreat review

So last night, I went to see a movie for the first time since the summer blockbusters stopped hitting the screen.

A movie with Kristen Bell? I'm there.

Mostly we went because we only had nine kids come by for Halloween, despite the fact we were giving out normal-sized chocolate bars, instead of the really small ones, and three of those kids are the one-year-old kids of some close neighbours of ours, so they really shouldn’t count. 

Also, I ate four of those chocolate bars myself yesterday, which means I ate almost as many as we gave out to the kids.

So what better way to celebrate Halloween than by going to a movie and having popcorn and a large drink?

So we decided to see Couples Retreat, mostly because we didn’t want to see anything scary, and because it seemed like the best thing out there.

Besides, I have learned Vince Vaughn is hit and miss in his movies. For example, Wedding Crashers was a hit, but the Break-Up was a miss. But 50 per cent is a lot better than any actors out there I’m willing to take a chance on his movies.

Plus, Kristen Bell was in the movie. Another bonus.

(Note, there will be spoilers in this review, so stop reading now if you don’t want to know how it ends.

For those who don’t know what the movie is about, it’s basically this: four couples at different stages of their relationship go to a couples retreat. Two of them have problems, two don’t, but they all think about their relationships and want to break up at some point.

The movie had its funny moments, but not enough to be labelled a comedy. It had some sweet moments, but not enough to be a romantic movie. 

There's just something about Malin Akerman's eyes.

It felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be: funny or romantic, and settled on a little of both.

Everything that takes places before they get to the island, and the yoga scene itself, is funny. The rest is a little flat.

By the way, even though I have seen Malin Akerman in other movies, I never realized how blue her eyes are until this movie. Very beautiful.

One of the big issues I had was the way this movie ended. Every single couple ended up getting back together at the end of the movie.

Yes, even the couple that admitted to cheating on each other, married because the wife got pregnant, and has been counting down the days until their daughter goes to college so they can officially get divorced.

And yes, even the couple that are divorced, and then the wife goes out and sleeps with everybody.

All in all, everyone has a happy ending.

Which is my main, and really, only problem with this film. There’s no way all these couples would get back together, even if they were in paradise.

It’s a flaw that inflicts a lot of Hollywood movies. It would have been better had one of the couples not worked out, to show that hey, not everything can end up perfect.

In the end, the movie tries to hard to be something for everyone, and doesn’t deliver in any of them. But it was still somewhat enjoyable.

So for me, this Vince Vaughn film is neither a hit nor a miss. I give it 2.5 out of 5.


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