I’d heard great things about Hall Pass and was very excited to see it last night.
The movie was…funny. It doesn’t come close to The Hangover, but I still literally laughed out loud a few times.
Hall Pass is a film about two married suburbanites who are in a slump. The wives, played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, decide to give their husbands, played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, one week of freedom from their marriage.
The boys are predictably stoked to be free from responsibility and predictably bad at exercising their freedom.
As the guys try to wrangle up a woman, they fail pretty miserably. These were the moments I was expecting to laugh, and yet the jokes and scenarios weren’t nearly as funny as I thought they would be.
Luckily, the flick’s saving grace are these absolutely hilarious moments that you’re not expecting.
Jason Sudeikis is particularly good at delivering absolutely raunchy lines with a type of deadpan normality that takes a brief second to register and causes you to burst with surprised laughter.
That being said, the story lags and feels disconnected. The couples have zero chemistry and as independent characters, they struggle to prove their likeability.
It didn’t help that Fischer is inexplicably tan, like beef jerky, and that Wilson pretty much kisses her as if she were a giant piece of beef jerky.
I kept waiting for the story to begin…and then without warning I was suddenly just waiting for it to be over.
If you’re into frat humour, check it out. If you’re not, pass on Hall Pass.