Vince Vaughn's 'Couples Retreat' ruined newlyweds' honeymoon
A corporate exec filed a lawsuit Wednesday after his honeymoon was canceled last minute because the movie Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn, was being filmed at the resort where he planned to stay, the New York Post reports. Nicholas Malcomson booked six nights ($3,360 per night) at the swank St. Regis Bora Bora in 2008. The hotel then canceled his plans six weeks before the stay. In the hotel's defense, he couldn't plan another honeymoon in six weeks notice? Let's be honest -- he didn't even plan the honeymoon. His secretary took care of the whole thing.
Malcomson says Starwood Hotels and Resorts wanted "total privatization" for the movie -- about four couples trying to rekindle their marriage -- and didn't care that he had booked a vacation there. “Starwood was oblivious to the irony of cancelling the first leg of a honeymoon of a couple madly in love, causing them stress and inconvenience at the very first moments of marriage, to film a movie about couples trying to overcome the stresses and inconveniences of real life in order to stay married,” the suit says. Malcomson plans to sue for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraud and also targets NBC Universal for "aiding and abetting the commission of a fraud."
A spokesman for NBC Universal, Vaughn's publicist and Starwood didn't comment on the matter. Malcomson ended up paying $42,000 to Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury travel company, for "alternative arrangements." (See? Told ya he didn't plan it himself!) This whole thing seems silly. He waits four years to file a suit. Not only that, we're pretty sure there's more than one beach and one luxury hotel in the world. Wifey would have been fine sunning on the shore in St. Lucia.
-- Sabrina Rocco, firstname.lastname@example.org
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