“Hall Pass” is about two middle aged men that get permission from their wives to sneak out of Algebra and play swords in the bathroom for 98 minutes.
“Hall Pass” follows Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), two kinda douchey guys that are married but can’t stop looking at or talking about other women whenever they’re more than 7 feet from their pretty bitchy wives played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate.
After Rick and Fred are caught talking about other women for the millionth time, Rick’s wife decides to give him a “Hall Pass”. Which means he gets a week free from marriage to do whatever he wants without consequence. Through more self indulgent circumstances, Fred also gets a Hall Pass and from there hilarity ensues. Or at least it’s supposed to.
There’s a funny thing about that movie poster. The movies they’re promoting at the top came out in 1998(There’s Something About Mary) and 1994 (Dumb and Dumber), which means you have to go back 13 years to find a movie the Farrelly Brothers have done that would possibly make you think, “Those guys did ‘There’s Something About Mary’ too? That movie is the reason I started finishing into girls’ hair. I’m so there.” Let’s just say they haven’t been on the biggest roll lately and “Hall Pass” continues that streak.
After Rick and Fred receive their Hall Passes, the movie is filled with lame attempts to pick up women, excessive reactions to fairly mild drugs and has two requisite gross out scenes. One of which involves the Unexpected Penis Principle (aka Crotch-22) which is when a penis just appears for comic effect but just makes you uncomfortable. You freeze. You don’t want to stare but you can’t look away and then you just start questioning your sexuality. (Right fellas?)
“Hall Pass” isn’t without it’s bright spots. Stephen Merchant is great in his small roll, a few of the jokes are good for a laugh, and there’s one running joke that has a big pay off at the end of the movie. Also, Merchant has a pretty funny scene during the credits so stick around for that. I have to give “Hall Pass” a Nap During. When the funny stuff hits, it’s pretty good and during the slow points you can at least play a pretty rewarding drinking game if you do shots every time someone says, “Hall Pass”.