I consider myself a fan of Vince Vaughn, but I have to admit, his last few films have been slowly dropping my confidence in him to the point where I’m not even sure I’ll actually see them anymore. He’s become such a big star that he just seems to be going through the motions a lot of the time, starring in questionable romantic comedies. Four Christmases may have made a lot of money, but it was absolutely terrible. On the other hand, I thought The Break-Up was surprisingly good. So now we’ve got a trailer for his latest film Couples Retreat, and I’m having a hard time judging whether or not this will actually be funny or just another dud.
It does seem to be targeted at a slightly older audience, if only because it’s about a group of couples who go to an island resort to participate in marriage counseling. What it has going for it is the fact that it was written by his buddy Jon Favreau, who once again co-stars, and it’s directed by their long-time friend Peter Billingsley (aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story) who has also produced many of their films over the years. Plus the cast includes Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Jean Reno, John Michael Higgins and Ken Jeong. There’s sort of a Forgetting Sarah Marshall vibe to the whole thing, and you’d hope that a group of friends shooting a movie on a tropical island somewhere would lead to a fun (and potential funny) atmosphere. That said, the trailer itself didn’t make me laugh once. Couples Retreat hits theatres on October 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.