Hall Pass (Blu-ray)
When it comes to Farrelly Brother’s movies you can always expect over-the-top, limit pushing comedy wrapped into a good popcorn flick. Well, that was the case until their latest venture, HALL PASS. Though there are moments that entertain, the film is a complete snooze and I could not get behind the plot at all. Fred (hilarious SNL veteran, Jason Sudeikis) and Rick (Owen Wilson) are life-long best friends. After one too many moments of embarrassing their wives or themselves while thinking of or looking at other women, they each are granted a week-long hall pass from marriage. Wacky antics and awkward moments follow these two suburbanites as they attempt to hit on and sleep with random women.
The thing I found to be most upsetting (aside from the horrendous plot) was how slow the film felt and that the funny moments didn’t really deliver. Yes, there were gross-out or eye covering moments of raunchy humor that had me scream from shock but on the whole, the funny was missing in action. The pace picks up briefly when their friend, Coakley, (Richard Jenkins) returns to town but even after a few moments of them at the bar I was bored again. Concerning the theme of the film, I know I am not the intended demographic for this picture. Coming up on a year of marriage under my belt, the idea of giving my husband a hall pass to get with other girls makes me want to puke. Why Fred and Rick’s wives (Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer respectively) go through with and encourage this idea is beyond me. One last comment on humor that is present in the film, I will say, no one can top the Farrelly Brother’s when it comes to a fart/poop/bathroom scene.
The performances by the actors were lackluster. The only solid performance was by fellow KC native, Jason Sudeikis. Despite the lame product he was working with Sudeikis continued to maintain that mischievous smile and ornery twinkle in his eye, really giving his character some wonderful moments. Whether he is visiting newly divorced Missy (oblivious to his offensive offer), making a scene in the lobby of the massage parlor or getting punched in the face while intoxicated, he delivers. Owen Wilson was not very consistent even though the bulk of the story surrounded his character and family life. It felt like he was just going through the motions but not really putting much life into Rick. Not that I was expecting his WEDDING CRASHERS charisma, I did expect a bit ‘more’ from him and was disappointed with what I saw. The moments surrounding Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer’s characters only added to my boredom and dislike for the story. Neither actress did much to add to the story; the only time I found them to be amusing was when they scolded their husbands in the mini-van.
This movie is a huge disappointment and I encourage you to watch a different Farrelly Brother’s movie if you want a college-humor laugh.
Video (16×9 2.4:1): A nice clear picture.
Audio (5.1 DTS HD Master Audio): You can hear every awkward moment perfectly.
Deleted Scene (4:27): Glad this was cut from the film. It was not funny but it had potential to be humorous.
Gag Reel (1:59): An unfunny gag reel for a non-funny comedy.