By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
We’ve seen Vince Vaughn, Jon Favrea, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love make comedy together before. The girls of Couples Retreat are a new dynamic. Kristen Bell joins Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis and Kali Hawk as the wives on the Bora Bora therapy vacation.
Bell Goes on a Couples Retreat
“We did click really quickly,” Bell said. “The rehearsal process helped because we all met and sort of had some social time together while we were working out how our character would best be developed and best tell this story of all eight people. But I think that we were all a little bit intimidated clearly because they’re such comedy powerhouses, but I think the girls, with what they were given, pretty much held their own. I was really proud of the females in this film and we all got along really great.”
Bell and Bateman play obsessively organizes spouses who need to learn to let go. Don’t take it too seriously. Real people suffering from OCD should seek professional help, not this movie.
“Most of our therapy sessions were meant to be a little bit more for the comedy. They were definitely extreme in what our therapist in particular was telling us. He was talking about Puppy Death Syndrome or something. I don’t necessarily know how that was going to affect our relationship.”
It was easy for Bell to relate to her character though. “Cynthia’s probably me on my worst, worst day where if I’m very stressed out, I do like everything to be in order and it’s quite frustrating to see things that are not. But, I don't think I have been her or plan to be her in a long while."
It may seem easy for actors and filmmakers to shoot in Bora Bora, but Bell wants to remind the viewers how much work went into the film, particularly from director Peter Billingsley. “He had a lot on his plate from taking a gigantic amount of equipment and crew and relocating them to Bora Bora and learning how to work with all the elements there, the heat and just the different situation everyone was not used to. And, I think that he kept a smile on his face for the whole time. He had a very clear idea of what he wanted out of the film and he was just all around great to work with. I think he’s very experienced despite the fact that this is his directorial debut, but he made it a really fun, collaborative set to work on.”