By Sandra Kraisirideja
“Hall Pass” is a superficial, vulgar comedy that fails to deliver any substantial laughs.
Brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly served as writers, directors and producers but the collaboration needs a serious reboot.
The slim premise of “Hall Pass” involves two wives, played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, who give their husbands, played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, one week off from marriage to do whatever they please.
During the course of the week the wives realize the hall pass goes both ways. The bulk of the movie looks at the different experiences the husbands and wives have during the week.
The wives don’t really believe their husbands will be capable of doing anything constructive with their week of freedom and they figure this will be a way to teach them a lesson.
The perception of the American family today is that husbands are loveable, loyal idiots and wives have all the brains and authority in the relationship. Call it the “Simpsonization” of the husband-wife dynamic. In this situation, wives tolerate their husbands and treat them no better than their own children.
“Hall Pass” uses this dynamic and tries to make it funny but the humor is tired and unoriginal.
It’s a shame the talent of the actors is wasted because they have all done terrific work in other projects. Unfortunately “Hall Pass” is going to be a dark spot on their resumes but not enough to stall any of their careers.