So what kind of crazy ways can you think of in order to spice up a marriage? It seems film making brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly decided that one week off of marriage is the way to go. And one that should provide laughs throughout a feature length film.
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play best friends Rick and Fred, who are both married and sitting in a rut. Together they find a bond through checking out women, talking about how much loot they would shell out to have sex with a goddess without their wives knowing, and reminiscing about the ocean of tail they were swimming through before “taking the plunge”.
Their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) decide that they will let their hubbies discover how much they really love them through one week of separation. In this week, they are allowed to do anything they want and they will not be held accountable. Essentially, it is like the adage that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. The only difference is that they are in Providence, Rhode Island. And their memories have fabricated how “cool” they really were before marriage.
So this is the story. This is what we pluck down our hard earned bucks for. I’ll be honest, I found some scenes hilarious. But it took a while for this plane to get off the ground. The first 20 to 25 minutes were rather stale and left me wondering when I would finally laugh.
When the film does take flight it has some good scenes. One in particular involving a gorgeous woman with an odd lisp who is cracking up from the pressure of quitting smoking.
What we get, overall, is a comedy that really has some gross out gags that are always a trademark of Farrelly Brothers movies. We had Ben Stiller classically get his “beans above the frank” in his zipper before prom in “There’s Something About Mary”, a classic comedy. We also saw Malin Akerman pissing on Ben Stiller’s jellyfish sting in front of a stunned crowd on the beach in “The Heartbreak Kid”, which turned out to be a dud other than a few laughs sprinkled here and there.
All in all, I would fit “Hall Pass” in between the aforementioned films.
** 1/2 stars (out of 5)Tags: Bobby Farrelly, Christina Applegate, film review, Hall Pass movie, Owen Wilson, Peter Farrelly