Look at the cast for Universal’s upcoming Couples Retreat: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Jean Reno, Peter Serafinowicz and Ken Joeong (currently extorting money from the trio of drunks in The Hangover). Now look at the first trailer, after the jump.
Couples Retreat sets up a simple premise: four couples, all friends, in various stages of success with their partnerships, go to an island paradise (”this looks like a screen saver!”) to improve their relationships. That could be a recipe for tepid, watered-down ‘adult’ comedy, and some of the trailer suggests exactly that (homosexual yoga chuckles!) while other moments suggest that Peter Billingsly’s movie keeps just enough of an edge while the actors go to town as part of a huge ensemble. Hopefully they’re not all in the first half hour. And hey, Peter Serafinowicz!
The trailer is embedded below:
The film looks like it has the potential to be a hilarious rom-com with a few criminally under-used comedy actors such as Peter Serafinowicz and Jason Bateman, but on the other hand these kind of movies usually put all the funniest gags in the trailer, and this trailer isn't very funny. Having said that, it's possible that the jokes are just so damn raunchy that they can't be included in a trailer. Vince Vaughn seems to just be playing Vince Vaughn as usual, which isn't necessarily a bad thing and the female leads appear to be nothing more than foils to the guys' wacky antics. This could be a pleasant surprise but I'm not holding out much hope on the basis of this trailer.