If you’ve had your fill of the winter time blues and need a fun and campy trip to a beautiful tropical paradise, you should check this movie out. Couples Retreat stars the seemingly inseparable Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team (of Swingers, Made, The Break-Up, and Four Christmases) along with Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Kristen Davis (Sex and the City), Milan Ackerman (Watchmen), Faizon Love and Jean Reno. Shot at St. Regis, Bora Bora (a group of islands in French Polynesia located between New Zealand and the United States), this was about one of the most beautiful movies that I have seen in a long, long time. At one point in the film, one of the characters exclaims that the island “looks like a screensaver” and that it does. The French Polynesia department of tourism should send copies of the movie out as a marketing tool. I’ve never seen such crystal clear blue water.
The basis of the movie is that one couples of a set of friends is on the verge of divorce, so they convince three other couples to go with them on a retreat so they can get a discounted group rate. While at the retreat, they try to work through their relationship issues, and through the mandatory counseling sessions, and other island activities, the couples that didn’t think that they had relationship issues, soon find out that they in fact do. Throughout the movie, there are a few “awww” moments, followed shortly by laughs. This movie will not win any awards, unless the island could get one for Best Scenery, but it’s a great movie to warm yourself during a cold winter night. Make no doubts about it, this is a romantic comedy with relationship issues at the core, but it’s a fun flick that’s as beautiful to watch, as it is entertaining.