Premiering this weekend on H.B.O. was this year’s “Hall Pass”, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, and Jenna Fischer.
“Hall Pass” is the story of a pair of friends (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are constantly bemoaning the fact that they can’t have sex with any other women aside from their wives. They apparently spend all of their free time together having Jr. High School level sexual discussions and ogling women.
When their wives discover how they actually act when “unsupervised”, they give them each a “Hall Pass”. A week off from marriage in order to act out their impulses.
Is there a comedic equivalent of erectile disfunction?
The logic (or lack there of) in this movie is infuriating.
1) There’s no such thing as a “Hall Pass”. I don’t care how much a woman wants to prove a point to her husband, no woman says “go ahead and have sex with another woman, it’s ok”.
2) I don’t care how dumb the man is, and trust me, the men in this movie are morons… Unless they’re already looking for a divorce, every man in the world’s inner Ackbar sounds the alarm at the concept of a “Hall Pass”. “Pull back, it’s a trap!!”
3) Even if we somehow got past points one and two, NO man in his right mind is turning down the high quality opportunities that Owen Wilson eventually does. Especially given the excuse of the “Hall Pass”. But of course, he finds out he really loves his wife.
There’s cliches six layers deep here. The wives are frigid, yet frustrated while the men are irrepressible horndog morons. I swear, my friends and I had a more mature perspective on sex when we were 15. These guys are the very definition juvenile. They toss around fantasy scenarios like “how much would you pay?”, perv over every woman they see, and delude themselves that if it weren’t for their wives they’d be knockin’ em down.
And of course, once the “Hall Pass” is granted, the women are shooing suitors off like flies, while the men are dredging the bottom of the barrel at best.
None of which would matter to me if there was much humor to be found. Neither Wilson nor Sudeikis are viable comedic leads, and the script is terrible. I don’t think there are five funny lines total in the whole flick, but there’s fecal, penile and vaginal humor aplenty!
It’s not the least funny movie ever, but there’s nothing memorable about it. At least not memorable in a good way.