Monday, April 18, 2011

Movie Review-Hall Pass

Hall Pass is a 2011 comedy film produced and directed by the Farrelly brothers and co-written by them along with with Pete Jones. It features Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate. Brief Synopsis:Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best buddies as well as their wives, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate). They are both unhappy with their dull,predictable and bland love life and missing the old days when they were single and had the freedom literally to do anything they wanted instead of being tied down with a family. When their wives each decided to give them a "Hall Pass"(A week off from marriage whereby they can do anything. They called along their friends Gary (Stephen Merchant), Flats (J.B. Smoove) and Hog Head (Larry Joe Campbell) to paint the town red while their wives, Maggie and Grace spend the week at Maggie's parents' house in Cape Cod, where Grace flirts with athlete Gerry (Tyler Hoechlin). My review: What do you do when your man checks out other women whenever you’re out with him? Or disinterested in you?Brush it all off and move on with life? No – you give him a hall pass. This is what happens in the movie and if you do not know what a hall pass is, it’s kind of like a “get out of jail free” card – only in this case it’s marriage. The recipient is granted one week off from marriage and is free to make his own decisions. When disheartened Maggie gives easily distracted husband Rick a hall pass, she thinks it’s a chance to save their marriage – once he gets it all out of his system he will finally come to his senses and realizes his folly of ways. His best friend Fred, who practically has a hall pass thrown at him by his wife,Grace. Instead of using the hall pass to its fullest,the first couple of nights is not spent trying to pick up women but hanging out with their three friends – a nerdy Brit, the token black guy, and a dim-witted slob. But their quest escalates when they hook up with Coakley. However, the problem with the movie,Hall Pass, is that while it peaks early, and the laughs are more in the first half of the film. The second half are mostly due to the fact that we spend increasingly more time with the wives, as they get up to no good at some beach resort.The moral of the story – the idea that a hall pass gives the men freedom without consequences, but the women are not obliged to stay true becomes rather heavy-handed and starts to work against the flow of the comedy but on the irony instead. Rating:3 out of 5 popcorn