A promising premise – a surprise intervention for a failing marriage – is wasted in this patchy relationship comedy from writer, director and star, Clea DuVall.
She gets strong individual performances from her reliable cast – Melanie Lynskey, Alia Shawkat and Ben Schwartz in particular – but fails to turn them into a cohesive whole. A lot of the time it feels like the characters are just too bland for their dysfunctional problems.
There are plenty of entertaining moments, but nothing ever develops enough to become truly memorable. Tonally, DuVall is forced between farcical comedy and serious drama; a tricky position which she negotiates poorly.
You can see the plot beats coming a mile away, and although this is a fun film it never delivers anything as outrageous or emotional as one might hope.
CAST: Melanie Lynskey, Clea DuVall, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Schwartz, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter
DIRECTOR: Clea DuVall
WRITER: Clea DuVall
SYNOPSIS: A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.