USA Today has a first look at Peter Billingsley's directorial debut, Couples Retreat. Check out what they had to say and the first production still photo to the right.
Vince Vaughn (acting as producer) beckoned what has become his new crew of regular co-stars — Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau and Faizon Love, plus Billingsley in his feature directing debut — for Couples Retreat, a romantic comedy due this summer. "I had the concept a while ago, and Favreau did the first draft of the screenplay with specific actors in mind," Vaughn says.
Bateman, hoping to patch up his union with Kristen Bell, wants to go on a therapy vacation and invites three other couples along to save costs. But instead of simply enjoying fun in the sun, the suburbanites are forced to scrutinize the states of their own marriages.
Vaughn sums up the situation: "Jason and Kristen are Type A's struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is dating a young girl from Foot Locker (Kali Hawk). Me and my wife (Malin Akerman of 27 Dresses) are swamped with the kids and work. Favreau and Kristin Davis are secretly not completely faithful to each other."
As his character gripes to Bateman, "Thank you for bringing me to Problem Island."
Also on board: Jean Reno as Monsieur Marcelle, the resort's mastermind, and John Michael Higgins (Willie the elf from Fred Claus) as a therapist.
The South Pacific locale that provides the setting hasn't seen much Hollywood action before. "I think maybe one other movie has been shot there," Vaughn says. That would be the 1979 remake of Hurricane, a disaster flick of another sort. "We shot there for around four weeks. It's so damn beautiful, it looks like it's done with computers."
While the humor will be "adult," it won't be explicit adult. Expect a PG-13.
"We don't believe in swearing for swearing's sake," Vaughn says. Not that there won't be sexual gags, including "yoga teachers who are overly enthusiastic about putting people into poses."
No expletives? No raunchiness? Color us a little sad. That's how we like Vaughn best: uncensored.