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The Intervention is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Clea DuVall in her directorial debut. The film stars DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter and Ben Schwartz.

The film centers on four dysfunctional couples on a weekend trip: Jessie (DuVall) and Sarah (Lyonne), who might be moving a little too fast — or a little too slow, depending on which one of them one asks; Annie (Lynskey) and Matt (Ritter), an engaged couple who seems picture-perfect, but who keep rescheduling their wedding and no one wants to talk about why; Lola (Shawkat) and Jack (Schwartz), a just-met couple who are rushing into things; and Ruby (Smulders) and Peter (Piazza), a married couple that fights constantly.

It turns out that Ruby and Peter's marriage led the other friends to make the weekend getaway so that they can all gather together to spring a surprise divorce intervention on them. Needless to say, they're not too happy about it — and the intervention sets off a whole lot of drama between all the friends and couples.

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The film contains examples of:

  • Age-Gap Romance: Lola is at least 10 years younger than Jack and Jessie. His friends are not entirely on board with this.
    Matt: Was Titanic out yet?
    Jack: When she was born? No, but I've explained it to her and she knows how it ends.
  • As You Know: Annie greets Sarah and Jessie with "LESBIANS!"
  • Bi the Way:
    • Sarah is bisexual, which causes some tensions in her relationship with Jessie, who's lesbian.
    • Lola is revealed to be one when she admits it to Jessie in an attempt to seduce her.
  • Bittersweet Ending: while things seem to be looking up for all of the other couples, Annie and Matt's engagement, along with their relationship, seems to be effectively over, and they both seem pretty torn up about it. Fortunately, as a bit of a bright spot, on her flight home, as Annie seems as though she's going to order a bourbon similar to the beginning of the film, she instead opts for an orange juice.
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  • The Masochism Tango: Ruby and Peter have a really passive-agressive relationship.
  • Staging an Intervention: The whole point of the film. Ruby and Peter's constant in-fighting marriage led their other friends to stage an intervention on them to convince them to divorce.
  • Waxing Lyrical: A nervous Annie tries to give a pep talk to Peter and ends up quoting the Cheers theme song.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Lola has no problem having an affair with Jessie on Jack's back.

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