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The Intervention

HD   R Closed Captioning

Clea Duvall

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About the Movie

Four couples plan to reunite for a “marriage intervention” disguised as a fun-filled weekend at a lakeside vacation home. In an attempt to push Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and her husband Peter (Vincent Piazza) toward divorce, Annie (Melanie Lynskey) and her fiancé Matt (Jason Ritter) have gathered family and friends to address their failing marriage. Ruby’s sister Jessie (Clea DuVall), her girlfriend Sarah (Natasha Lyonne), old buddy Jack (Ben Schwartz), and “baby-stranger” Lola (Alia Shawkat) engage in various games while trying to maintain the illusion of a fun weekend together. As it all falls apart, close quarters bring longstanding issues to the surface. As each couple reels from these revelations, they reach out to each other in unexpected ways, struggling to express their devotion and conceding that things may never be perfect. New bonds form and old wounds heal as all see the result when the best of intentions comes out in the most awkward fashion.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite her script's omissions - we learn little about where these affluent people come from, their occupations or how they know one another - Ms. DuVall juggles the emotional dynamics with fluid editing and light comic touches. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Aug 30, 2016

Fresh: The script wobbles between heavy-handed and touching, but the result is a pleasantly nostalgic throwback that's saved from its copy-cat tendencies by charismatic actors. – Kevin P. Sullivan, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 26, 2016

Fresh: An ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 27, 2016

Rotten: A cloying throwback to the Big Chill format of a cloistered reunion devoted to self-analysis and errant hanky-panky that in this case features mostly silly and annoying characters with whom it's no fun to be trapped. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 27, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Great ensemble piece! Lovely.

Great cast, great movie!

From the beginning it was clear the group was together for a specific intervention. It was also clear that any one of the group could also have been a candidate for their own. The story was a bit predictable but I found myself caring about the outcome. It was very well directed. A bit of background on the characters would have helped tighten the story a bit. Much has been said about the comparison with The Big Chill. There were only loose similarities. Melanie and the entire cast had the opportunity to shine in their roles.


The cast was perfect, and it was great seeing so many familiar faces together again! Such a great concept and loved the humour during the tense moments of the film! Would watch again and again!

The Intervention
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2016

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