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A SERIOUS MAN
Some films rely on your willingness to invest a great deal of time and energy to analyze their themes and explore what they’re trying to say in order to appreciate them. Better films allow you the privilege of having no idea what the point is without detracting from the overall enjoyment of the experience. A Serious Man is the latter. Between the thematic mirroring of the otherwise unrelated opening Yiddish folktale, the lingering question of a greater power, and the endless perplexing mysteries that plague the character’s lives, it’s a movie with a lot going on under the surface, and one that interested parties will find themselves greatly rewarded by if they decide to dissect it further. Casual viewers, meanwhile, will find just as much to love, with the Coens yet again injecting in every scene their wonderful idiosyncratic touches (see: dialogue, visual style, character mannerisms, etc.), transforming what easily could’ve been a simplistic, ponderous story and turning it into one that’s at once compelling, puzzling and hilarious.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – 3 featurettes (“Becoming Serious”, “Creating 1967″, “Hebrew and Yiddish for Goys”).

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of 3D conversion, compare A Serious Man to Barton Fink, and confirm or deny whether or not Couples Retreat is, in fact, a complete trainwreck. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us for this episode. Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is currently available for rental in iTunes, Blockbuster, Netflix, and plenty of other places right now.

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Couples Retreat Movie Trailer

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Look at the cast for Universal’s upcoming Couples Retreat: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Jean Reno, Peter Serafinowicz and Ken Joeong (currently extorting money from the trio of drunks in The Hangover). Now look at the first trailer, after the jump. Read More »

First Look: Couples Retreat

USA Today has a first look at the cast of Peter Billingsley‘s directorial debut, Couples Retreat. Based on an idea by Vince Vaughn, and scripted by Jon Favreau, the PG-13 (ick!) comedy stars Favs, Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Kali Hawk, and Malin Akerman. Jean Reno and John Michael Higgins co-star as the resort’s mastermind and the therapist.

The movie will tell the story a married couple, played by Bell and Bateman, who drag their three married friends to a couples herapy vacation in order to save on costs. The other couples quickly learn that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional, and they become “forced to scrutinize the states of their own marriages.” Vaughn gives us a character rundown:

“Jason and Kristen are Type A’s struggling to have kids. Faizon and his wife have just separated, and he is dating a young girl from Foot Locker (Hawk). Me and my wife (Akerman) are swamped with the kids and work. Favreau and Kristin Davis are secretly not completely faithful to each other.”

Entertainment Tonight has a set visit video report, which you can watch here. Billingsley began has career as a child actor, best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and later the producer of Favreau’s films: Made, Zathura, The Break-Up, Iron Man and Four Christmases. The Universal Pictures comedy doesn’t currently have a release date.

Thanks to /Film reader Jack Q for the tip.

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will reteam in Couples Retreat, based on an idea by Vaughn, scripted by Favs and directed by Peter Billingsley. This will be Billingsley’s directorial debut. He began has career as a child actor, best known as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and later the producer of Favreau’s films: Made, Zathura, The Break-Up, Iron Man and Four Christmases. Jason Bateman and Faizon Love are also attached to the film which will start production in late October in Bora Bora and Los Angeles.

The movie will tell the story of four couples who go on a couples retreat to a tropical island. Variety lists the logline as follows: “While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the others are there to play but soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.”

Yeah, it doesn’t exactly sound like a follow-up to Swingers/Made.  I’m hoping the duo will eventually film one last movie to complete that series. Which begs the question, is it really a series if the films are not connected?

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