Hall Pass is a comedy about two men Rick and Fred
(Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) who have hit a rut in their respective
marriages and have become obsessed with looking at other women. Their
wives (Jenna Fischer and Christine Applegate) dutifully notice this and
are disappointed by their increasingly desperate actions. A friend of the
wives tell them of what she did to keep her husband loyal and that has to
give them a 'hall pass', meaning a week where they can have sex with other
women to get it out of their system. After an incident at a friend's
place, Rick's wife lets him have a hall pass, then Fred is given one. With
their wives away, Rick and Fred get all high ideas as to what they are
going to do, but it becomes obvious that they haven't a clue about picking
up women. Then Rick strikes up a chat with a beautiful cafe worker they
have been ogling (Nicky Whelan) and then things get interesting for Rick.
Meanwhile, their wives seem to be having no problems when other men, even
though they aren't trying ...
Another desperately disappointing film from the
Farrelly Brothers, who have been seriously out of form. Their first four
films (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary and Me,
Myself and Irene) are comedy classics, so it's a shame that these films
are so low on the laughs (there are moments, but nowhere near enough) and
the moralising has gotten more heavy-handed, Hall Pass' moralising is
ridiculously predictable. Even the far out concepts have become lame. A
'hall pass' for guys that perve on other women. Seriously? They're not
Bah, another one bites the dust...
And what's up with Nicky Whelan keeping her Australian accent again (as
she did in Hollywood and Wine)? When did Americans become comfortable with
the Aussie accent? Even Sharni Vinson keeps it in Blue Crush 2.
Nicky Whelan film clip. The collages are