Trouble in paradise. That's the overly familiar premise of this sun-poisoned comedy.
Four couples from a snow-crusted suburb set off for a tropical retreat. Three of them are expecting rum, rumba, and relaxation. So they're more than a little peeved when they find out they're enrolled in an intensive relationship workshop.
Couples Retreat introduces its cardboard characters and sets up the plot efficiently and with a fair degree of wit. But once this skit hits the sand, all towels are off. The story and the humor get progressively skimpier than an Ipanema bikini.
The alpha males are played by Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, which may surprise many of us who thought they were the same person. Jason Bateman and Faizon Love are the more pathetic guys, roles that stifle the considerable comic talents of both.