It might be more fun to stay home and argue with your spouse rather than going to the Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau “comedy” “Couple’s Retreat,” says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
Imagine that you are listening in on the marriage-counseling sessions of the dullest couple you know. Multiply that by four, and you’ve got a pretty good approximation of the experience of watching “Couples Retreat.” Sound like fun? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
That some of these people are very good-looking, and that much of the action takes place on a picturesque island in French Polynesia, doesn’t quite make up for the overall tedium of this would-be comedy. Its premise, scripted by co-stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau with Dana Fox, is simple: Four couples, each struggling in their relationship, agree to go to a tropical resort that specializes in couples counseling along with the Mai Tais. (Why do they all go together? Because of a volume discount. Marriage counseling, apparently, is like Costco — cheaper if you buy it in bulk.)