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  • I don't think I can even watch Arrested Development ever again
  • Well, unlike the average romcom that usually focuses on the misadventures of one (or sometimes two) couples, this movie forces you to watch a group of characters so wholly obnoxious and unbelievable (unfortunately played by actors, most of all Bateman, who have managed to be MUCH more entertaining and likable in a variety of other contexts) that it makes you wish that romantic relationships just had never existed in the first place

    • by Doctor Revolt
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      There is nothing left of the romantic comedy genre. It’s been on the decline for at least the past decade, with the odd exception that actually mixes the pathos and exhilaration of love lost and found with comedic coincidence and the kind of zany antics that for the most part don’t exist AT ALL in real life. But like movies in general, the whole category is about escapism and illusion-romcoms are especially good at getting audiences to buy into very unrealistic expectations of relationships.

      OK. To this film…avoid it like you would a suspected child molester. Or better yet, demand


      that all involved be called to the local precinct for questioning, as you would in that situation. Jason Bateman-why? Why? What were you thinking? I don’t think I can even watch “Arrested Development” ever again. I’m not going to go into plot-because there is none. Four dysfunctional couples. Island retreat. “Treatment” of their dysfunction through…a living hell that might get better or worse for the characters, but flatlines at outright despair for the audiences. That’s all you need to know.

      This movie represents the absolute bottom of the barrel. Why? Well, unlike the average romcom that usually focuses on the ...


      • misadventures of one (or sometimes two) couples, this movie forces you to watch a group of characters so wholly obnoxious and unbelievable (unfortunately played by actors, most of all Bateman, who have managed to be MUCH more entertaining and likable in a variety of other contexts) that it makes you wish that romantic relationships just had never existed in the first place.

        Every stereotype about men and women is so unfortunately rendered, every cliched joke so hammered into the ground, that both genders come out looking unappealing on every level.

        The real world of relationships may be dicey and occasionally

        delightful, but if it were anything like it’s presented here…I’ll round out my review by presenting a hypothetical. Let’s say this film had somehow come out, let’s say 40 years ago, and imagine everyone on the planet had been forced to sit through it. There would be almost no human population on Earth today, because no one would want to reproduce, and many people would walk out of the theater and immediately go drive off a cliff. In case this isn’t clear by now, do NOT see this movie. I wish you could rate stuff this awful in the NEGATIVE. -10,000.




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