Couples Retreat started
out okay, setting up the story line of eight friends going on
vacation to a tropical island that specializes in marriage counseling.
Then you realize there's no script and
can't feel sorry for the cast -- most of them helped write it.
They tried hard, but the laughs never came.
I felt used and embarrassed watching eight
sex-starved middle-aged adults making really corny silly fools
If you've seen the trailer for this movie,
then you've seen everything that is supposed to be funny.
The trouble with most romantic comedies
is that they are predictable, usually not all that funny, and
probably not romantic.
And this one is no exception -- given the
ridiculous premise (full of great comedic possibilities).
These underdeveloped characters run through
the film, with predictable results.
Sure, there are misunderstandings, massage
jokes, and people who have no idea of how to be romantic.
And, in the end, everything works out --
but who cares?
The movie is about four couples who receive
marriage counseling at an island retreat in French Polynesia.
This tale is a bring-back or revive-the-marriage
comedy that just didn't work in my viewing.
The set up is long and painful, and it
took about 40 minutes or more of the film's screen time before
the real story gets going.
The humor starts out with some promise,
but loses its steam by the end of each scene.
There are a couple of problems: one, the
drama / comedy is half-baked and the level of adult comedy is
limited by a PG-13 rating, making it mediocre and mostly forgettable
for this type of mate counseling.