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of course we always dress the same, we're a couple!

PG-13

Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jean Reno

Ronnie: Do you love it?
Dave: As much as I can love tile, I love this tile.
Ronnie: Okay good, ’cause it’s a thousand dollars.
Dave: Really?  Is that installed??
Ronnie: Nope, just the tile.
Dave: Well what is it made out of, whale tusks??

Jason (Bateman) and Cynthia (Bell) convince their friends to go on a couples retreat with them, but it turns out to be less fun than they were all hoping for.

Brevity is the soul of wit.  That’s something the creators of this movie need to learn.  There are funny moments here, several in fact, but those are surrounded by scenes that just get run into the ground as they try to squeeze every drop of comedy from them, unsuccessfully.  It’s like they kept filming after the scene was supposed to be over, hoping somebody would improvise something funny…and then they left all of that footage in the movie.  I think a good 20 minutes could have been trimmed from this movie and absolutely nothing from the story would have been lost.

There are a lot of characters in this one, and some of them are enjoyable while some aren’t.  I liked Vaughn and Akerman the most probably, while Bell and Bateman weren’t too bad.  Favreau and Davis were annoying, while Love and Hawk were a bit too heavy in stereotypes.  Plus, Trudy (Hawk) was just obnoxious, and not in a funny way.

As far as the story goes, nothing unpredictable happens, except for maybe a small twist in Faizon Love’s story line.  Anybody that’s seen a movie before could probably tell you how all the other plot lines will turn out before they even start watching it.

But, it’s a comedy, and as long as it’s funny, that’s what matters.  As I mentioned, it’s pretty amusing at times, but not enough times to really recommend it.  If they’d just edit it down some, then it would suddenly seem a lot funnier.  As is, too many gags fall flat (like the yoga scene and the shark scene), yet they go on and on forever.

Lastly, I’ll point out that this feels like an R rated movie that is trapped inside a PG-13 rating.  I’m not sure why they felt the need to rein everybody in, but I think that feeling of restraint brought the comedic level down a bit as well.

In conclusion, it didn’t suck as much as I thought it would, but it’s also not as funny as it thinks it is.

The toilets on display at places like Lowes and Home Depot are not functional and not to be used.

10 – 3.5 for too many extraneous scenes and segments that go on for far too long – .8 for some annoying characters = 5.7