REVIEW: HALL PASS
SYNOPSIS: Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they want...no questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But it isn't long before they discover that their expectations of the single life--and themselves--are completely, and hilariously, out of sync with reality.
REVIEW: Boy, the synopsis sums it all up pretty nicely. There is one strong fact that needs to be highlighted about this movie though and it is that the Farrelly Brothers are the Writers and Directors. Now we have a better perspective of this movie, right? Sure, you might watch it and think that they have done better work, and you are probably right, but they don’t disappoint with this one. The movie is funny and you will laugh out loud a few times. And what’s a Farrelly Brothers’ movie without some good shock humor in it? Believe me, there are some doozies in this one. The icing on the cake is the very interesting storyline; controversial some may say, but interesting. Heck I wanted to watch the movie just to see how it would all pan out. Could this be the next fad, the next catch phrase, the next craze among struggling married couples, or is it just simply a comedy? Believe it or not, even though this is through and through a comedy, it takes a subtle yet meaningful look at marriage and delivers a message. Not bad. This film accurately presents some typical average American households and how married couples can hit a rut. Either or both in the couple can suffer from what I like to call the grass is greener on the other side of the fence syndrome. But is it really, or are they just taking the other for granted? This movie explores all that in a funny and entertaining way. Not bad.
The cast assembled for this movie is pretty darn good, and they all meshed well, especially the top four stars, Owen, Jason, Jenna, and Christina. They all equally stole the show. There were some special supporting performances too and the one that stands out the most for me is by Richard Jenkins. He plays Coakley, a good buddy of the guys who is the no holds barred ladies man. Now Richard is the kind of actor that you’ve seen in a ton of movies playing a ton of different characters, but this one puts him in a whole new light. The hotness factor is well covered by Nicky Whelan and Alexandra Daddario, not that Jenna and Christina don’t also contribute to that in their own right. Speaking of which, Alyssa Milano really “stands out” with her cameo. Larry Joe Campbell and Stephen Merchant also give some good comical contributions. The Farrelly Brothers do a good job of spreading the wealth within the film and bringing out the best of the cast no matter how big or small the role. They also do homage to Law and Order that everyone, including myself, got a real kick out of. Priscilla would have loved it. She is the biggest Law and Order fan I know. Oh yeah, if you decide to see it, be on the lookout for an Air Supply moment that might have you rolling on the floor.
By Cine Marcos
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Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writer: Bobby Farrelly, Peter
Pete Jones, Kevin Barnett
Duration: 1hr 45mins
Staring: Owen Wilson
Producer: Mark Charpentier
Distributor: WARNER BROS
R Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity,
Release Date: February 25, 2011
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