Hall Pass: Can You Handle It?
A hall pass is a week off from marriage with no consequences. Right off the bat, this is a guy’s movie. Think Harold and Kumar meets the Hangover. It’s a spectacular one because it provides a triple threat (bathroom humor, pursuit of the fairer sex, and male bonding). Once again, if you don’t appreciate hilarious, yet sometimes disgusting bathroom humor, THIS MOVIE ISN’T FOR YOU!
Owen Wilson was perfectly cast as the good guy next door, the moral compass of this insane movie. His patented boyish charm was on full display, but this time he showed a vulnerable side that made him more endearing. I didn’t know too much about his wingman, Jason Sudeikis, except for his SNL work, but this is his breakout role. He is this year’s crazy brother in law from the Hangover (Zack Galifianakis). Whatever happened to that guy? One hit wonder? Anyway if Owen Wilson is the anchor, Sudeikis is the hurricane.
The two significant others, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, turned in nice performances. However, I had a hard time dealing with Pam from the Office. I kept expecting to see her with Jim. I guess being type cast is a real problem. The rest of the gang was a motley crew. But they all held their own and brought something special to the table. There was also tons of eye candy for both men and women.
I don’t usually go out on a limb like this and I don’t like to over hype movies because sometimes they don’t meet expectations, but I have to make an exception for this one. This is my early contender for comedy of the year! I don’t think the Academy takes to well to bathroom humor so it probably won’t take home gold. But in my book, this has to be the early favorite.
Finally, it also raises an interesting discussion. Would you give your significant other a hall pass? Would you take one if it were given to you?
If you liked this review, make sure to check out my guest post review of Brotherhood at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff! 🙂