“Hall Pass” is droll and crass

Fred (Sudeikis) and Rick (Wilson) live it up for a week with no marital constraints to adhere to.

Ethan Perushek, Staff Writer

Some usually shy away from the rehashed, unintelligent and generally annoying in-your-face comedy our society seems to adore. But for those worried about “Hall Pass” being another disaster, you will be delighted to know that this movie features some intelligent jokes that tie together all of the silly ones.

“Hall Pass” revolves around two married men, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) whose obsession with sex has recently become more apparent, with people beginning to notice their lingering eyes and wanton conversations. To combat this naughty behavior, their wives, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) give the boys a “hall pass” which allows for a week to have any kind of affairs they so desire.

The guys are overjoyed and ready to flirt with the ladies right away; Fred says he will sleep with Rick’s receptionist literally seconds after they receive the hall pass, but they decide they should keep the office “clean.” After numerous trips to Applebees’ and Chili’s, they realize that their pickup lines involving chloroform and bad puns just don’t fly with the ladies anymore, and they lose faith in their manhood. Meanwhile, their wives are enjoying the full extent of the pass, as they party at Maggie’s parents’ beach house.

Most of the scenes are quite predictable and ridiculous, but that does not detract at all from the uproariously funny reactions, actions and consequences; especially when they consume a little too much alcohol, while deciding to pick a fight with a giant. The following sequence is rather easy to predict, but it is still pulled off rather well. And the stream of jokes is just perfect; they let you settle down after a good laugh and then they send another one coming. This humor stays consistent especially throughout their many trips to bars; the jokes bombard you, but then they back off for a while, which creates a good mixture.

The Farrelly brothers (“Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber”) create a script just as smart as it is funny. Yes, it is filled with some horribly stupid puns and jests, but its intelligent jokes hold the film together. The script creates a solid anchor for “Hall Pass” and keeps viewers laughing throughout.

“Hall Pass” pokes fun at the male gender’s seemingly insatiable sex-drive while remaining funny and respectful throughout. The film remind us that our one true love is just that, and no one can change that.