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Couples Retreat

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Vaughn/Favreau marriage comedy has lots of sex, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2009 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

Very funny movie

Couples Retreat is the funniest Vaughn and Favreau movie since The Break-Up. This movie is like The Break-Up that Goes on Vacation! Couples Retreat has crude sexual humour and language but there are surprisingly no f-words.
age 15+


Okay film. Sex and language sre the only things to worry about. The worst is the yoga scene and the strip scene

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This is a family affair for Favreau and Vaughn (who also co-wrote and produced the film, which is directed by their pal Peter Billingsley), and it shows. There's a pleasant ease to the way the two men (along with their regular on-screen buddies) exchange jokes and poke barbs at each other. They're a long way from those single Swingers, but they've still got a hilarious rapport that makes audiences guffaw more than this middling comedy deserves. Unfortunately the movie feels overlong (it could've used a sharper edit), and except for Dave and Ronnie, the couples aren't really likable -- especially Joey and Lucy, who spend most of their time looking for younger hotties to ogle.

In addition to the eight leads, there are several noteworthy performances among the hotel staff. Cuban-American dreamboat Carlos Ponce (best known to Spanish-language soap fans) is a definite scene-stealer as Salvadore, the ripped, teeny-briefs-wearing yoga instructor. Jean Reno, always a delight to see, plays New Agey resort founder Marcel, and English comedian Peter Serafinowicz makes his Hollywood comedy debut with expert smirks, creepy smiles, and hilarious over-pronunciation as resort facilitator Sctanley (yes, that's spelled correctly). No, Vaughn and Favreau haven't surpassed their Swingers legacy, but this otherwise mediocre vacation comedy is saved by how charming they and their troupe are to watch on screen.

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