Rick and Fred, two husbands who are having difficulty in their marriages, are given a Hall Pass by their wives: for one week, they can do whatever they want.
Writers: Pete Jones, Peter Farrelly, Kevin Barnett, Bobby Farrelly
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter
I remember thinking that I should watch this movie when I first saw the previews. It is a Farley brother’s comedy and the preview stated that it is “Their best one since Something about Mary” so that sounded good enough. Needless to say it isn’t the type of movie that I had to rush out and see during its opening weekend, so I kind of forgot about it. I didn’t really hear anything about while it was in the theaters and I didn’t notice any commercials for the DVD release.
It actually took a very uncommon trip into my local Blockbuster store…yes that’s right…do you remember those places? The ones where they actually have the movies out for you to walk around and look through? They have employees and membership cards? ….anyways, I had to go and find a movie there (Glen Gary Glenn Ross) that I could not wait for on Netflix and since it is older than a year I couldn’t get it at a red box. I was glad I did walk into that Blockbuster though, partially for the nostalgia of it, but also because I stumbled upon “Hall Pass”.
“Hall Pass” stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sedakus, with the female leads being Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer. The premise of the story is based around one that most people in this society over 30 can relate to; horrible marriages or relationships. It essentially boils down to the guys and the women having treadmill type lifestyles with one another where they are simply surviving and not appreciation each other anymore. The guys are always on their own and staring at other women and masturbating in their cars after their wives go to bed.
This causes the women to allow the guys a “Hall Pass” a one week pass out of married life. They can do whatever they wish with whoever they wish. Hall Pass doesn’t take itself serious for much of the film at all, and that is wonderful, because it ends up being a comedy that works and doesn’t bog you down with a story that no one cares about.
Jason Sedakus and Owen Wilson are really funny, and also Steven Merchant (Co-Creator of the office) J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and somebody called Larry Joe Campbell are all really funny as the buddies.
I definitely recommend this movie if you’re in the mood for a dirty, light flick with some popcorn and a beer on a relaxed night.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.