>> Hall Pass (2011)

Title: Hall Pass

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Studio: New Line Cinema

Runtime: 98 minutes

In Theatres: February 25, 2011

MPAA Rating: R

Rating: 2.96 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B

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After being married for years, Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) are still the same men they were before they got married, acting like they still live in the college frat house rather than taking care of their own families. More specifically, they are constantly thinking about sex and any hot woman that crosses their eye line. Their wives (Fisher and Applegate) have had enough, and in a final attempt to get them to shape up, they give the boys a weeklong 'hall pass' which enables them to take a week off from marriage and do whatever they like, no questions asked. Sounds like every man's dream, right?

Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play two best friends who have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. As you can imagine, being out of the game for years has made them a little rusty when it comes to picking up chicks. Things start off slow towards the beginning of the week as Rick and Fred mentally prepare to go out and party. As the week progresses, they begin to see that they don't quite have the same stamina and charm they once had. Asking anyone if these napkins smell like chloroform won't get you laid, although it could land you a punch to the face.

Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate have their own 'hall pass' of sorts, and they appear to be more successful in their endeavors than the guys. When it comes to the fun factor, the wives clearly have the advantage on this one.

Hall Pass is your typical raunchy sex-driven guy flick. The humor comes off in sporadic bursts that will sometimes induce you to tears. Other times, it simply goes for shock value. I won't go into much detail about it but these scenes are pretty hard to miss and will definitely be the talk of the internet in the days to come.

Unfortunately, these moments are few and far in between. The film tends to drag on at times and the novelty of the humor wears thin as it progresses. With the Farrelly Brothers, you never know what you're going to get. In Hall Pass, sometimes you get the quality of humor you would expect from There's Something About Mary while other times it's The Heartbreak Kid. It can be a hit or miss.

Overall,  Hall Pass ends on a high note and will leave you with plenty of memorable moments and laughs. Fake chow, anyone?

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