Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate
The Buzz: It’s the first movie directed by The Farrelly Brothers since 2007’s The Heartbreak Kid. It also stars two of the main cast of the TV series The Office, Sudekis and Fischer.
The Story: Married man Rick (Owen Wilson) is given a week’s holiday from his marriage to Maggie (Fischer) to do as he wishes. His buddy Fred (Sudeikis) also persuades his wife Grace (Applegate) to do the same. During the course of the week the four men learn about their relationships and marriage.
inSing says: The Farrelly Brothers return to the big screen, once again exploring the love lives of the White American Male. Like the characters they feature, they’ve gotten older. This time, the focus is on a pair of 40-year-old guys, who try to score women and act cool but are as awkward and out of place as their faded Hawaiian shirts.
The premise takes a long time to setup in the beginning, and the film seems to be going nowhere until Maggie gives the titular pass to Rick that gives him carte blanche to do as he wishes; even permission to bed the hot young co-eds he’s been eyeing.
Wilson isn’t the most persuasive leading man, and he’s just such a happy-go-lucky character it’s hard to see him taking on the mantle of a dutiful father and husband.
Sudeikis’ role is not too derivative from his role in The Office, but he does get to venture onto more R-rated territory.
This being the Farrellys, the jokes constantly wander into taboo territory, with easy laughs in between. For every gross-out sequence there’s a sweet moment that would fit in a romantic comedy, and things ultimately build up to a wild conclusion that ties things predictably together. Overall, Hall Pass just barely keeps from failing.