Hall Pass – Review
I know what you are thinking and Yes, i did see Hall Pass. I know it looked bad, but i am up for seeing anything if i some slight interest in it. I like the Farrelly Brothers, I have seen all of their movies, with the exception of The Heartbreak Kid and even though they are not the best, i find some entertainment value in each one. BUT, when i saw Hall Pass i found zero entertainment value in it whatsoever. None. There was no entertainment value at all. It is worse than MAcGruber and MAcGruber wasn’t even worthy of my time to review. HALL PASS IS BAD!
As we all know, Hall Pass is a story about two wives that let their husbands loose for one week to do whatever they want. They get a break from being married, which means that they have a pass to go out and get laid and do crazy things on their own, while the women are out of town. Seems simple enough. It’s an interesting concept that you could play around with, especially if you are the Farrelly Brothers.
The two women, played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, know that if they give their husbands this freedom for one week, they will get all thoughts of sex out of their systems. They will no longer glance at women’s asses or ogle their female friends at dinner parties. They also believe that after years of marriage that their husbands wouldn’t even be able to get laid no matter how hard they try. This is the big setup and it took about 20 minutes to get there. It was a long setup and unnecessary exposition, but now that the concept of the “Hall Pass” is set in place, I cannot wait to see these temporary single men try to put themselves back on the market. BUT, they spend the first three days golfing and going to Applebee’s and Chili’s. They don’t try to interact with a single women. This setup is perfect for a montage sequence of failure, but it falls completely flat.
The thing i found interesting about the first three days of their “adventure” was the inclusion of the husband’s friends who tag along and live vicariously through these guys. They do not add anything to the story, they are not really funny and they serve no purpose. Not only are they completely pointless in the film, they leave all together by day three. I am completely dumbfounded. Why would you put JB Smoove and Steven Merchant in your film only to have them exit before anything happens. I felt like leaving the movie at this point as well.
So we all figure out that by the end of the film, the men will learn a valuable lesson about how they love their wives and that they couldn’t get laid no matter how hard they tried. That kind of happens, but they both have the opportunity to get laid so that kind of backfired on the ladies. Not only do both the guys have the opportunity to get laid, but they get the chance with the first women that they meet while they have the Hall Pass. So apparently they did not fail as hard as they should have, but they used better judgement not to have sex with the other women.
So here is where Hall Pass becomes really unwatchable. The wives. So Bobby and Peter Farrelly get two great comic actresses in their movie and they have them play the whole thing completely straight, which would be fine if they didn’t occupy half of the screen time in this comedy. As the women are off having a fun week out of town, they meet some men and decide that they technically have a Hall Pass as well. So they decide to cut loose and have some fun. Christina Applegate goes after a young ballplayer and Jenna Fischer goes after her dad’s old golf buddy. It is a strange choice to say the least. So anyway, the movie is apparently about these two women learning that they have a thing or two to learn about loving their husbands. So since the women are having no problems meeting men and the men have no problems meeting women, then why the fuck am i watching scene after scene of fucking nothing? This movie is really bad, you guys.
So i already know that the movie is worse than my least favorite Farrelly Brother’s movie, Shallow Hal, but i would still watch Shallow Hal if it was on cable. I will never watch this movie again. Being a Farrelly Brother’s movie, you are probably wondering about that great gross-out humor. It is kind of in there, but unlike Something About Mary or Kingpins, the gross-out scenes do nothing to advance any sort of plot. In fact none of the scenes in the movie seem to be part of any kind of plot.
Let’s take this scene for example. In the movie, Owen Wilson’s character, Rick, meets this Australian barista at his local coffee shop. She is interested in him and he is interested in her. They set up this drink date at a bar that is located next to a gym that she goes to. He signs up for a membership at the gym with her and says that he will meet her at the bar after his workout. Rick then goes into a hot tub, reads a newspaper and falls asleep. He wakes up hours later and yells for help. He is paralyzed with some sort of hot tub shock. Two men run out of the shower room naked to help him get out of the hot tub. They lay him on the deck and rest his head on the knee of an african american man with a big penis. The shot is pretty funny, because it is just Owen Wilson’s head resting on the knee of a naked man. He then says, “Can i rest on his knee instead”. The camera pans down the white man and he has a really small penis. Wow, that was hilarious and irreverent, right? Okay, so cut to a party where there are a billion people. The Australian girl runs into Rick and asks him why he wasn’t at the bar after the workout. He lets her know that he fell asleep in the hot tub and that he was sorry he missed the drinks at the bar. She seemed fine with it. This movie was full of scenes that had nothing to do with anything.
Owen Wilson, Jasons Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate were all underutilized and unfunny. Hall Pass is a horrible movie and i am tired of typing about it. This movie is so shitty, i am not even going to go back and proofread it.
Don’t see Hall Pass.