Last night I sat down and watched Hall Pass with my better half on the Xbox Live Video on Demand service which is becoming my new favorite way to rent movies. I was expecting very little since the last couple of movies I watched with Christina Applegate as a headliner were less than impressive but I gave it a shot because the cast overall was top notch including the likes of Jenna Fischer ( dear me is she hot but dont tell anyone I dont want to get in trouble ) , Owen Wilson and the always hilarious Jason Sudeikis.
Owen Wilson stars as a married man whose spouse (Jenna Fischer) grants him the right — for just one week — to pursue as many extramarital affairs as he can. His best buddy (Jason Sudeikis) receives an identical “hall pass” from his wife, and off the guys go. The hubbies soon discover, however, that picking up girls isn’t as easy as they recall, while their better halves embark on their own erotic adventures. Bobby and Peter Farrelly direct.
As of late I have watched a lot of comedies hoping for some sort of magic and been horribly disappointed. In the case of Going The Distance which is the Applegate movie I was talking about they put all the jokes in the trailer making the movie a complete and utter waste of time. I had hoped Due Date which starred Robert Downey Jr and Hangover 2 champion Zach Galifanikis would deliver, it stunk. I even hoped that The Dilemna would crack me up and yep you guessed it, another yawner.
Summed up it seems every new movie I have seen that is supposed to crack me up has been a complete waste of time so my hopes were pretty low for Hall Pass and perhaps that is why this movie had me literally in tears laughing and chuckling pretty much throughout. Hall Pass is a movie that has a great cast with an incredible on screen dynamic and when combined with some really good direction and writing it makes it a completely worthwhile experience.
You won’t laugh from open to end like you might have with The Hangover but you will most certainly find yourself choking on your beverage as zingers come flying out of left field and have you in a laughing fit.
The humour is at times low brow and at other times intelligent and rewarding which is what makes Hall Pass a fun movie. It is not a Will Ferrell movie where its all about tit and ass and fart jokes but it certainly has its moments of dirty humour but its polished in such a fashion that no matter how gross ( and yes it gets gross at times ) I think you will still have a hard time laughing I know that my lovely lady friend did.
I watched it as part of my impromptu date night and both myself and my better half found the movie entertaining and rewarding. So if your looking for a risqué date night movie or just looking to have a beer and a laugh on your own Hall Pass fits the bill.
Hall Pass is fun, its witty, it’s charming and at times heart warming and its one of those movies you can’t help but enjoy. 8 out of 10 stars.