Officially, Couples Retreat is all about romantic partners and their efforts to stay together no matter what, with the help of some unconventional counseling on a faraway island. But in some ways, the most interesting duo here is Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, two buddies who have co-written and/or co-starred in several films and, in doing so, have moved through several life stages together, often with Vaughn in the lead and Favreau playing back-up: first they were roving bachelors in Swingers, then Vaughn played the single guy who falls in and out of love with his girlfriend in The Break-Up, then they were married brothers in Four Christmases, and now, in Couples Retreat, Vaughn is not only a married man but a devoted father, too. It won't be long before he's warding off a whole new generation of would-be swingers and walking his daughter down the aisle.
Perhaps surprisingly, Vaughn's character, Dave, also happens to be one of the healthiest people around in Couples Retreat, as is Dave's wife Ronnie (Malin Akerman). Their family life may be a little dull, and they may be coasting on autopilot to some degree, but they seem reasonably balanced, and they seem to genuinely care about each other. Their friends, however, are in much rougher shape: Joey (Favreau) and Lucy (Kristin Davis) have both developed wandering eyes and are all too eager to cheat on each other (the trailer is more explicit about the fact that they have been cheating on each other; some of that footage apparently ended up on the cutting-room floor); Shane (Faizon Love) has just come out of a messy divorce and has hooked up with a girl half his age named Trudy (Kali Hawk); and Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) have been so stressed out by their ...1