Avoid This Couples Retreat
Cast is having more fun than the audience in marital-strain rom-com
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2009 8:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – New Vince Vaughn romantic comedy Couples Retreat takes a terrific cast and puts them in a stunning South Pacific location, say critics, but it's marooned them there with an unfunny script.

  • "Four unlikable couples gather at an all-inclusive marriage-counseling resort in this predictable rom-com," writes Ande Dagan at E! Online, but the premise and cast is "wasted by the sheer emptiness and lack of motivation in their one-dimensional characters."

  • There are a few chuckles in Couples, co-written by Vaughn and Jon Favreau, writes Ty Burr at the Boston Globe, but the movie "feels plastic: the jokes, the trees, the extras, the attitudes. It’s dumbed-down entertainment aimed at a dumbed-down audience."
  • "Ever go on a vacation where most of the people around seem to be having more fun than you?" asks Elizabeth Weitzman at the New York Daily News. "Then you already know what it'll feel like to visit Couples Retreat."