Couples Retreat DVD review

Four couples in varying states of relationship decay travel to a tropical resort for some sitcom-structured group therapy

1/5
Dir Peter Billingsley US (PG15)

Four couples in varying states of relationship decay travel to a tropical resort for some sitcom-structured group therapy. Co-writers and stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are a long way from the halcyon days of Swingers – it’s a long succession of mild panic and Guitar Hero jests, though at least the latter happen at the expense of the hilariously fatuous concierge, Stanley (Peter Serafinowicz), who goes head-to-head with Vaughn’s video-game programmer on an expert-level rendition of Billy Squier’s ‘Lonely is the Night.’

There’s something almost touching about Vaughn and Favreau’s faith that the couples can work out their differences, get their freak back on and grow old together. Yet director Billingsley’s amateur-hour style of filmmaking – mismatched shots, a galumpher’s comic timing – does nothing but surround the ex-swingers’ conviction in an aura of fraud.
Keith Uhlich

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