Peter Billingsley’s Couples Retreat gives us four couples who go on a retreat. Apt name I would have to say. So here, courtesy of Apple, we get a look at the trailer and the first poster. Billingsley’s last film was of course The Sacred Fire back in 1994. Wait, you’ve not seen it? Me neither, so instead I’ll say he’s the science-y guy in Iron Man that Jeff Bridges humiliated with his ‘box of scraps’ jibe. He has history with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, but as opposed to claiming this is some sort of old pal’s act, I’ll say that I hope their real life friendship transfers into some real comedy on screen.
The jist is that the four couples go on an island retreat described as ‘Disney for adults.’ Unfortunately they are forced to take part in the therapy sessions that are part of the package. Yoga and shark based high-jinks ensue. Fairly safe stuff but leaves many options for laughs.
Based on the premise alone it looks to be a safe rom-com, with some potentially rude adult laughs. Look deeper though and you’ll see it also stars Jason Bateman, who made Teen Wolf Too watchable, so his inclusion ensures immediate laughs from those suffering from ‘arrested development’. It’s also a known fact that Kristen Bell is as cute as, or cuter than, a button. I mean honestly, I would watch a remake of Taxi Driver starring Kristen Bell and maybe just prefer it to the original. The couples are padded out with the hilarious Faizon Love, Watchwoman Malin Akerman, Sex and the City hottie Kristin Davis, and…umm…Kali Hawk. Sorry Kali Hawk, but from here on in you’ll be Kali Hawk that was in Couples Retreat.
We also have an Oscar connection in the form of A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), who is scoring the movie. Not sure if he’ll go with the sweeping Bollywood themes, but you never know. We’ll all get to find out when the Couples Retreat on October 9th.
What do you think?