What What You Want A “Hall Pass” From?
Hall Pass seems to be the movie all my friends are talking about! It’s on my “to see list”, but it got me thinking – If you could get a “hall pass” for one week from something, what would it be?
In the same year that comedic favorite “The Hangover” gets a sequel, “Hall Pass” just might give a strong opponent for best comedy of 2011. “Hall Pass” is crude and raunchy while maintain a heart of gold, but quite simply, it is hilarious.
Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are having trouble settling into their roles as husbands. Continually agitating their wives with their boorish behavior, the women (Jenna Fisher and Christina Applegate) decide to give their husbands one week free of the shackles of marriage. Expecting the worst, the women venture off to the in-laws where they become the toast of a minor league baseball team, while the husbands attempt to relive their glory days at home.
The first thing to know is that the directors push the envelope of what constitutes a R rating, several times dipping a toe across the line into NC-17 territory. One can only imagine what back room deals were cut with the ratings board to avoid the movie-killing latter rating. That said, the experience of the Farrelly brothers shows, as they pull off offensive and graphic material while still maintaining an endearing center to the story line.
That golden center is the carefully manipulated choice between monogamy and the dating game. Reacting exactly as two red-blooded American males would when presented with the freedoms of marriage without consequences, Rick and Fred immediately celebrate their freedom by calling their buddies and proceeding to overeat, get drunk, and fall asleep at 9 p.m. You’ve got to start slow. Things pick up for the boys, but they quickly realize that their memories of their glory days are not as accurate as they would like to think. At the same time, the wives are both experimenting with their freedom from marriage. By the end of the film all avenues of marriage freedom have been explored by the four with various consequences.