Number of Times Seen – Twice (25 Dec 2009 and 6 Apr 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A group of four couples go on an island resort retreat and quickly find out that their lives aren’t as good (and bad) as they have thought beforehand.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out and was intrigued to give it another try a bit more than a decade later.
The movie does a great job of finding a way to deal with some very heavy themes about marriage and couple hood in a light and fun fashion.
The story is filled with lots of humoristic situations and dialogue that help lighten the atmosphere over and over as things move along.
This movie has an amazing cast and they all add so much to try and keep things fun and exciting throughout.
The fact that they are able to find a way to give us four couples with very different problems that don’t overlap or feel repetitious at all helps keep things interesting to watch and there are never any lulls in all that is happening.
The couples are given various tasks to perform during their retreat and some of these tasks were ones that one could theoretically expect to see on the TV show Survivor and that helps make this so much fun to watch.
This is a comedy that deals with some very poignant themes that works so well due t the way they present things and this, in turn, is something that resonates throughout.
Bottom Line – Fun film that finds a way to deal with some heavy themes about marriage and couple-hood yet also finds a way to inject enough humor into the situations. The cast is superb and all of them do such a great job helping to keep things so fun and enjoyable the whole way through. Really liked the way that they keep each of the couple’s issues feeling unique without the need to make it boring. The various tasks that they all much endure makes this film feel similar to the TV show Survivor which is so helpful here. Great comedy that has such really poignant themes that resonate throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Irina Krupnik, the model in the photo to which Joey (Jon Favreau) was preparing to pleasure himself, sued NBC Universal for $10 million in March 2010 for publishing her likeness in a vulgar context. A judge ruled against her in July 2010. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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