Excerpt: What looks great on paper is merely good on screen as the re-teaming of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau is reduced to ensemble players dropped in the middle of a situation comedy filled with star power, yet it's the character actors that steal most of the laughs.
Excerpt: Here’s a tip from Dr. Jahnke. When a movie comes out featuring a large ensemble cast frolicking in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, avoid it. It doesn’t matter how talented the actors are or how much you enjoyed their previous work. This one will stink like month-old eggs dropped down an outhouse. These people signed on because they wanted to get paid and take a vacation simultaneously. They are going to be having a much better time than you will.
Conclusion: Peter Billingsley makes his directorial debut with a movie written by and starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau ('Swingers'). Unfortunately, 'Couples Retreat' is a lame and unfunny comedy misfire. This Blu-ray offers an impressive picture, adequate audio, and a decent supplement package. Fans will be greatly satisfied with the purchase, but others will want to rent this before making a long-term commitment.
Conclusion: Yet another mediocre comedy earns yet another above average AV presentation. To Universal's credit, the Blu-ray edition of Couples Retreat offers an excellent video transfer and a fit and faithful DTS-HD Master Audio track. Unfortunately, the film itself is a hit-or-miss tour of every conceivable genre convention, and Vaughn and Billingsley's awkward supplemental package teeters on the edge of awful before plummeting into the abyss.
Excerpt: Ball cancer. That’s a joke in Couple’s Retreat , repeated six times in the opening 20-minutes. This joins the repetitive alarm code “asstastic” as spoken by Vince Vaugn five times (and spelled out), and men in speedos four times as the jokes in this comedy farce. Despite the blatant, groan-inducing repetition at times, Couples Retreat does build some momentum from the start.
Excerpt: Couples Retreat shouldn’t be this smart. The film is, almost obviously, just an excuse for a bunch of Hollywood actors to take an extended vacation in an exotic location on the studio’s dime. It’s written by buddies Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, so it’s not hard to believe that they’d concoct an excuse to take a vacation together. And for the audience, most of the movie feels like a vacation.
Summary: On the surface, "Couples Retreat" appears to be a quickly stitched together comedy that places a bunch of likable actors in a tropical setting for some cheap laughs. And that's exactly what it is.
Excerpt: The marital comedy Couples Retreat features a running gag about a little boy in the midst of potty training who doesn’t always go where it’s appropriate. In a nutshell, that subplot explains everything that’s wrong about the film: Its propensity for barrel-scraping lowbrow gags, its undisciplined, catch-all approach to comedy, and perhaps above all, its chronic inability to focus on what it’s ostensibly about, and cut away the extraneous stuff.