Just one question for the makers of Hall Pass. Why save your most funny ideas for the end credits? The extreme lengths that men will go to, in order to get lucky, is what makes comedies like these funny.
Hall Pass is a social-marital experiment of sorts. Two archetypical suburban men-children feel trapped in married life. Their wives grant both men a week off of marriage. They are allowed to do anything they want, including see other women. The idea is that it will breathe new life into the old relationship and with it’s new found freedom, the old relationship will blossom once again.
The comedy should have come from the extremes that the main characters Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudekis) would take their new freedoms. It’s doesn’t. In fact, most of the plot is boring with enough male-directed laughs to keep you waiting for the next one.
It’s hard to watch when a joke completely falls flat. I counted about five instances in Hall Pass before I gave up. One involved a comic mix up between the group Snow Patrol and the Cuba Gooding Jr. movie Snow Dogs. Owen Wilson is trying to hit on a hot barista, when another man calls him out. Another involves male frontal nudity, which done in a particular way, can be quite funny. This time, they didn’t seem to work and it was like pressing pause in the movie.
Overall this movie fails in its attempt to serve as a raunchy-guys movie, because it tries to walk into the feel-good date movie territory. Choose one formula and stay there. It makes a lot more sense to the viewer.
The Farrlley Brothers, who have delivered us comic gems like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, are know to throw some raunch in for fun. I know its not fair to continually judge them according to the success of There’s Something about Mary, but I say either go overboard with it or just keep it to one joke.
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