They’re crass, and you wouldn’t want your grandmother to know about them. They’re also hilarious.
The Farrelly brothers brought us 1998’s “There’s Something About Mary,” a classic in the gross-out romantic comedy genre.
This time, they turn their attention to a pair of middle-aged men, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis). Both are happily married, but they have wandering eyes that drive their wives crazy.
Dr. Lucy (Joy Behar) gives Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) a solution in the form of the “Hall Pass.” It’s one week free from marriage.
Rick and Fred are thrilled to hit the dating scene with conquest on their brains, but their ideas about single life don’t match reality.
Maggie and Grace get out of town and soon discover the “Hall Pass” applies to them, too.
It was surprising to see Wilson make the shift to a middle-aged character. There’s a scene where he takes off his shirt, and almost anyone who’s reached the backside of 30 will recognize what time can do to a man. It must’ve taken guts for Wilson to film that scene.
I wouldn’t say “Hall Pass” measures up to “There’s Something About Mary,” but it succeeds in one important way: This is a comedy that makes you laugh.
There’s a good chance you’ll be embarrassed by your own laughter, but that’s between you and your conscience.
It might help to know that the Farrelly brothers are adept at mingling touching life lessons with their crude humor. To paraphrase Bill Cosby, you might learn a thing or two before it’s done.
You’ll also have three scenes – maybe more, depending on your sensibilities – that will be hard to shake. Good luck with your decision.
I give “Hall Pass” a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Hall Pass” a B minus.
"I'm embarrassed to say I laughed as much as I did and did not leave."