Hollywood Product: Couples Retreat (1)
GENRE: Frat-pack vacation
THE PITCH: Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell play spouses contemplating divorce who convince three couples to join them at a tropical resort that requires a mandatory “skill-building” session. Other pairs include Vince Vaughn and Watchmens Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau and “Sex and the Citys” Kristin Davis, and Faizon Love and Kali Hawk.
MONEY SHOTS: Bateman and Bell pitch their friends the trip idea with a Power Point presentation that enumerates their marital problems. A bucket of chum splashes Vaughn in shark-infested waters. A barely clad Adonis (Carlos Ponce) practically humps the characters — male and female — during a yoga lesson. Vaughn has a video game showdown with the resorts supercilious major domo, “Sctanley” (Peter Serafinowicz).
(Photo courtesy John Johnson/© 2009 Universal Studios)__