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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.
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.
Fresh: An ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels.
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.
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.
Great ensemble piece! Lovely.
Honestly, a great movie. It touches on real issues without going into a nagging spirit and was a refreshing watch. The cast works really well together in this reunion piece. I've watched this movie like 10 times already and it's still a great watch each time.