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"Couples Retreat" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Couples Retreat is the story of 4 dysfunctional couples, although only one pair are actually aware of their problems.  Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) have had issues trying to conceive a child and this has put too much stress on their relationship.  They devise a plan to convince their friends to join them on a special "Pelican Package" getaway at the tropical island resort of Eden.  Once at the island, the couples soon find out that the relationship therapy is required.  If not completed, they would be forced to leave the resort.  It is also discovered that the resort is split into two sides- Eden West, a place for couples to reunite, and Eden East- a place for singles to hook up.  Jean Reno's character, Marcel, the guru of Eden, explains that the two sides are not allowed to mix.  The next morning after arriving, all the couples meet with their assigned therapist.  Once here, all the couples learn how dysfunctional their relationships appear to be.  A few nights later, one of the women escapes to the East side to party.  The rest sneak over and the men end up splitting up from the women to search for Trudy, their missing friend.  It is amidst the debauchery of Eden East that each couple reunites and rediscovers their love for one another.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2009, Color, PG-13, 113 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn, John Favreau, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis
  • Directed by Peter Billingsley
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  • Violence:  No
  • Sex: maybe some suggestions of sex
  • Language: mild

Commentary

I enjoyed Couples Retreat. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, but it was indeed entertaining. I think most people would be fine just giving it a rent, but if you have already seen it, or you are a huge Vince Vaughn fan, it's worth picking up.

Technical

Excellent picture quality that really makes you want to go to Eden! (filmed in Bora Bora) The tropical blues jump right off the screen. Not too much to complain about in the video quality.  I thought the soundtrack felt a bit tinny and over-processed.

Extras

This disc has the usual assortment of extras. An alternate ending, gag reels, deleted scenes, and some boring featurettes.  Better than a bare-bones disc, but nothing too compelling.