The title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall feared starring in crime dramas forever. The actress who played her, Kristin Bell also experiences a mysterious case of déjà vu with her new film, Couple’s Retreat. It’s about four couples on vacation in Bora Bora going through couple’s therapy. I hated Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but the casting here makes it less likely that I’ll end up sleeping in a pile of stale popcorn by the final reel–again. It might also have kick-ass writing by Iron Man director, Jon Favreau.

The cast includes, Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love (the store manager in Elf) as the husbands. Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman (the bitchy older sister in 27 Dresses) and Kristin Davis play the wives. Love’s wife hasn’t been cast yet. Guys don’t snore yet.  I think the cast have strong enough personalities to put the funny in dysfunctional. A vacation made in Hell. I like it.

First time director, Peter Billingsley, will conduct this operatic madness. Billingsley knows stories about couples at each other’s throats from playing Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story . “You used up all the glue–on purpose!” Sorry, I just had to repeat the line Ralphie’s father screams at his mother when dad’s famous leg lamp breaks. For all you Iron Man fans, filming for Couples’ Retreat will take place in Bora Bora and Los Angeles before work on Iron Man 2 powers up. Have no fear about Favreau’s time being wasted hanging out on a tropical island with lots of beautiful women. He’ll be pumping out another superhero hit soon enough. So do you have the “invincible” cojones to watch this romantic comedy?


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