On Saturday, Mrs. Cutter and I were supposed to go to the Rennaisance Faire with our kickball league. After not getting much sleep the night before, feeling on the border of sick, and realizing it was going to be cold and rainy all day, we decided to skip it and sleep in. We probably made a wise decision, as the people who went just got drunk all day, and neither of us felt like drinking all that much.
Anyway, after a day of errands, we decided that we would do dinner and a movie with Mr. and Mrs. Too Tall, and our favorite fifth wheel Squnity. We had dinner at Gordon Biersch, and I decided to try a Reuben for the first time ever. I didn’t really like it, but I’m not sure if I didn’t like the sandwich in general, or that GB simply doesn’t make a good one.
I had bought some half price Regal movie coupons some time ago, and with nothing out looking that good, we settled on Couples Retreat. While I didn’t think it was going to be great, it had a good cast, and I thought it might be some decent entertainment. I was wrong.
Here’s the basic concept: Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell have a failing marriage, and they convince their friends to go with them to a couples marriage counselling trip on Eden island. The couples are then put into “hilarious” situations and ultimately realize that they all love each other.
Except that most of the movie involves these couples being miserable, realizing that either the spark has been lost, they’re incompatible, or they just don’t even love each other anymore. The movie was actually uncomfortable to watch for long stretches. There were a few funny moments, but when one of the funniest lines involves spelling the name Steven with a C (Cteven I guess?) it’s not exactly a romp of hilarity.
It almost kind of ruined the movie Swingers for me. It’s like they said, “Hey, let’s take Mikey and Trent from Swingers and show what it would be like if years down the line they settled down, got married, and are in unhappy or unsatisfying relationships.”
I felt bad for Squinty as we had convinced him to see the movie with us. Going home and playing video games would have probably been more fun for him. It almost makes me want to not see another movie until December 2010 when Tron Legacy comes out. There’s nothing I’m looking forward to more in the year 2010.