Friday, February 25, 2011
Hall Pass is the latest from the Farrelly Bros. (There’s Something About Mary, Me Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal). Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are two middle aged, suburban married guys whose wives Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) are, well actually, too attractive for them, but these guys are at that place in marriage when the grass looks really greener. They’re not actually looking to cheat on their wives, but their randy and juvenile actions push Maggie and Grace to grant their husband’s time off from marriage; giving them an opportunity to go do whatever they want, including sex with other women for 1 week.
My only fault with the movie is that Applegate and Fischer are not given the kind of comedic material the guys have to work with; their scenes allow you time to catch your breath. Although, I did appreciate the girls finding temptation, during this time off from marriage experiment meant only for the guys.
I don’t want to give anymore away, other than a warning or an enticement, depending on your point of view, of male frontal nudity, thank goodness it’s not Wilson or Sudeikis; there's also some bathroom humor, one scene had our audience laughing so long and hard you’d have thought we were paid to carry on. And “fake chow” will undoubtedly enter the pop culture lexicon.