Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, ...
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Couples Retreat

STARRING Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell
WRITTEN BY Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Dana Fox
DIRECTED BY Peter Billingsley

How did Jason Bateman prep to play an uptight hubby in Couples Retreat? ”I packed three pairs of shorts and a pack of T-shirts,” he says. Fitting, since the movie — about four couples (including Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, Bateman and Kristen Bell, and Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis) who undergo marital counseling at an island retreat — was filmed in French Polynesia. ”I didn’t need to read the script,” says Bateman. ”The idea of hanging with them and working on Bora Bora for a couple of months…was like a dream come true.” Ditto for Favreau, who, while helming Iron Man, wrote the first draft of the script before passing it along to Vaughn and Dana Fox when he started shooting Iron Man 2. ”I had been doing superhero stuff, so it was nice to do something that was a little closer to home,” says Favreau, who’s been married for nine years. But there were drawbacks to filming in the dreamy setting, which Vaughn & Co. chose to contrast with the emotional hell the characters endure. Because of the island’s remote location, production equipment needed to be airlifted in. So did family members eager for a vacation. Says Favreau, ”Everybody all of a sudden had a friend or a spouse that wanted to visit the set.”

Couples Retreat
  • Movie
  • 107 minutes