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Family Case Study: “Couples Retreat”
“Couples Retreat” is a movie about four couples who take a trip to an island resort on a package deal proposed by one of the couples who plans to fix their marriage. The couples then realize that they too must participate in couple’s exercises such as therapy and communication building. This case study will focus on Ronnie and Dave, a couple with two kids and seem content on the outside. The tasks on the island bring out problems in Ronnie and Dave’s relationship that both of them have been ignoring. For example: Dave comes home from a long day at work and Ronnie asks him questions about their home renovations and he refuses to answer because he is too tired, leaving Ronnie to deal with
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Ronnie can’t seem to give him a clear message of what she wants and when he freaks out about the shark attack, she is bitter and shows no respect for his fear. She is confused about her feelings and talks to her friend, Cynthia, about them when she should be talking to Dave. Once the movie climaxes, Dave and Ronnie both realize at a party that they don’t want anyone else and that they are happy with being married. When they escape to the waterfall their level of communication changes to very good when they discuss how they have stopped paying attention to each other and figure out how they can change that. They then call their children and promise to start spending more time together as a family and having more fun with each other.
All in all, this couple represents the average American family with kids and small problems that can be fixed if all members of the family are willing. It took one retreat for them to realize that they should be happy with each other instead of just getting by and I think that is a lesson that everyone should learn. Family is about love, happiness, and support; if one of those is out of whack, the family could fall apart if the issues aren’t
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