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Relationship Advice From the Cast of Couples Retreat
Eric: Hey guys! Eric Morel here with AskMan, RT, IGN and MySpace, and I’m feeding a big ass stingray. But earlier today, I got the chance to catch up with the cast of Couple’s Retreat to ask them your user submitted question about relationship advice. Here is what they had to say.
John Favreau: Don’t get married until you’re 30. And then once you do, make it work and treat it like a life’s work.
Kali Hawk: Never make promises to a girl while drunk because you will wake up to regret the night before. As a matter of fact, don’t do anything to any girls while you’re drunk because you don’t know what they really look like and you may wake up to be pretty disappointed in your drunken choices.
Eric: Do you agree with that?
Faizon Love: I would say, make all the promises while you’re drunk.
Kali Hawk: And then what? Blame it on the drunkenness?
Faizon Love: Blame it on the booze.
Vince Vaughn: You know, it depends on the type that you are. If you’re someone who knows that you want to get married, it’s something that you want, and then don’t try against that. You know, go with that. If you look to that person that will put that off if there’s anything you want, if you know that you’re not ready for that, then don’t pretend to be and be honest and go with that. And I think it finds you whenever you’re ready or not. But it’s just more than one way to the waterfall.
Malin Akerman: Yeah. I think if you’re in college, have some fun. And then once you’re out of college, maybe you can start. I think you got to play the field a little bit so that that way when you do settle down, there’s no…
Vince Vaughn: Unless lightning strikes. Some people have that.
Malin Akerman: Yeah, unless lightning strikes. Absolutely, some people do.
Jason Bateman: I would say, continue drinking. That solves a lot of problems in relationships. Just drown it out. And then if all else fails, take her to a nice tropical island like this. If things still don’t work out at that point, it’s a great place to leave them because they can’t get off the island to come track you down and yell at you anymore.
Kristen Bell: My number one piece of advice to anybody would be never listen to Jason Bateman. Number two, would be always talk it out even when it’s really difficult.
Eric: Now, after all these years, how long should a guy wait before he calls a girl to get married.
Vince Vaughn: That’s interesting question. As we all know, technology has changed, there’s caller ID, it’s a different playing field. But I think the principle still applies which is ultimately with swingers, it’s about be yourself and see if that jives with the other person because ultimately, the win isn’t, “Hey! I got this person to hang out with me.” The win is, “Do I want to hang out with this person?” So ultimately, the best thing is do whatever you fail and sometimes it may not go well but that’s okay because you’re ultimately looking for the person you want to hang with. You’re not looking to have someone to hang with that maybe you don’t want to really be with.
Malin Akerman: I think it’s one of those things as a woman. I really appreciate it if I’ve gone in a date and it’s been a great date. And of course, the next thing that you’re going to think about or you’re going to talk to your girlfriends about it, if he calls the next day, that makes you know that he was thinking about it too. So don’t ever—
Vince Vaughn: That can hurt you a little. And hearing this out loud, you want that. But then if he calls, you could take it for granted a little bit. So now, maybe a little text might be the right answer. Sometimes, waiting a day can be the perfect parachute out of too much for no other.
John Favreau: Now, it’s texting.
Kristin Davis: Good point. How long do you wait?
John Favreau: I think he would have texted you right away.
Kristin Davis: Good answer John.
John Favreau: But I’ve been married awhile so I don’t know about this, how you Twitter—I Twitter but I don’t know how to use it for dating.
Kristin Davis: Don’t use Twitter for dating. That’s the answer.
John Favreau: Because everyone could see it?
Kristin Davis: Yeah, and it’s too short.
John Favreau: 140 characters?
Kristin Davis: Yes. It’s not short. I think it’s short.
John Favreau: Okay. You could write a Haikku.
Eric: Now, here’s one from Mark in Baltimore. How would you suggest that a shy start a conversation with a woman.
Kali Hawk: Well, Mark in Baltimore. I think that it’s always nice to begin with a compliment. Women are open to them. It’s a great way to just get in the door and pry it open.
Faizon Love: I would say, “Hey! You dropped something there.” And she would say, “What?” and you would say, “My phone number.”
Eric: Does that ever work?
Faizon Love: Every time.
Kali Hawk: Oh my goodness. This is a real game right here.
Eric: Has a pickup line ever worked for you?
Jason Bateman: Yes. Guys are pretty easy though.
Eric: Do you know where it was?
Jason Bateman: Yeah, it went something like, “Hey! Can you put that drink down and can we get out of here?”
Eric: Wow. It’s very direct.
Jason Bateman: It’s a very direct approach. It’s quite stimulating. And he was nice to me.
Kristen Bell: I had one guy in a bar look at me once and just go, “Get your coat.” I laughed so hard.