Reminiscent of ‘Why Did I Get Married’ the film by well-known film and play write Tyler Perry, “Couples Retreat” by Peter Billingsley tells the story of a couples retreat to Eden. After failing to conceive Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are close to getting a divorce and in their last attempt to keep the flame of their relationship alive. They arrive at Eden, having pre-planned every spare moment of their time together. The other couples, Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman), Joey (Jon Favreau) and Lucy (Kristen Davis), and recently divorced Shane (Faizon Love) and his girlfriend Trudy (Kali Hawk), reluctantly agree to come along after they are guilt tripped and tricked into believing it will be a trip full of sun and fun. The trip is full of ups and downs and eventual insight into the dire straights of all of their relationships. As funny as the movie was with great actors and actresses the truth of the film hits a nerve raw from the Kappa Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated’s program on relationships. Why is it that often those who believe they have a good relationship have relationships that are lacking the most? Maybe the familiarity and comfort with that person causes us to lose the passion to keep the relationship going and allows us to be comfortable simply existing together. No matter what the cause, ‘Couples Retreat’ does a great job of showing people the true nature of relationships and what we all need to make it work. I recommend everyone go see the movie and watch and learn.
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