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30th October 2009

Summary:

Four couples head off on a tropical adventure only to find they're trapped in relationship counselling hell. When a couple (Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell) announces that they're heading to a tropical resort ("Disneyland for adults") in order to try and save their marriage, their friends (Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk) are more than happy to go along for the jet-skiing, spa and frolics in the surf.


But when they arrive at Eden Resort, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary island getaway. As part of the group deal they've secured, each of the couples are obliged to take part in the resort's rigorous counselling itinerary, including couples skill building, yoga sessions and uncomfortable bouts on the therapist's couch. It may not be the holiday they expected but it will take four couples one week to discover the true meaning of their relationships.

Review:

Vaughn was doing his normal act (which at this point he seems to be kicking a dead horse) but all in all he helped the film and didn't distract. Now Favreau wrote himself a little gem in this movie as the guy who is sick of his marriage and just wants to be carefree again. The film has an excellent cast but Favreau definitely stole the show. Every time he was on the screen he was dropping some funny business. All the supporting actors did a great job as well. Was expecting more from Ken Jeong but he wasn't given much to work with. (Has it now become mandatory to put Ken in every movie that comes out just because?) The location was beautiful and they used it wisely. Carlos Ponce also gave an unforgettable performance as the creepy yoga instructor. He was actually at the screening I was at to get a taste of the people erupting with laughter every time he was on screen. Seemed like I was the only one who recognized him to due his change in appearance from the movie. As for all those people who are trying to tag this as a Sarah Marshall ripoff, they couldn't be further from the truth. This movie is set in a tropical location and has Kristen Bell in it. That and it being funny are the only things alike. If you are fan of movies and like to laugh than you might as well see it.