Couples Retreat Peter Billingsley

Couples Retreat Peter Billingsley
According to Couples Retreat, Vince Vaughn's latest Republican opus, men need to work on, and find the fun in, their relationships while their wives passively stand around acting as sounding boards for their glacial process of self-actualization. Seemingly, this little pearl of wisdom is enough to solve the epidemic of divorce and uphold the inherent Judeo-Christian goodness and moral sanctity of marriage, something this film praises above all else. It's a load of crap, much like the one-dimensional couples depicted within, comprised of dumpy, boring men and gorgeous pin-up girl wives devoid of personalities. They're given the benefit of a beauteous Bora Bora environment to run around in, with the central plot pivoting on a group vacation set up by Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell as a means of tackling their marital woes. But it isn't nearly enough to make up for the two hours of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (who also wrote the film) examining their tedious lives and unions with their respective wives, Malin Akerman and Kristin Davis. Faizon Love is thrown into the mix as the token black man in the background interjecting comic turns of phrase, with a gum-smacking 20-year-old girlfriend donning pink polyester hair. This doesn't help, as aside from referring to Veronica Mars as "Boo," there is little to laugh at, unless extended Guitar Hero battles and sexually suggestive yoga are still fresh and subversive somewhere in the world. What is funny, however, are the DVD special features; in particular the "Therapy's Greatest Hits" supplement, wherein John Michael Higgins asks Vaughn how he gets by with his big ole priapism flopping around everywhere, knocking over furniture and interfering with conversations, as Akerman struggles not to cry from laughter. The gag reel also shows issues in maintaining a straight face, while the yoga segment details Peter Billingsley (the director of the film and child actor from A Christmas Story) giving Iron Man director Jon Favreau a reverse cowgirl. Commentary is also included for those that want to hear Vaughn repeatedly say "irregardless," along with an alternate ending that was deemed less viable than the image of a small child defecating in a department store display toilet. (Universal)