Hall Pass: Moot

Hall Pass: Moot

It’s hard to tell if the Farrelly Brothers are comedic geniuses or just the guys who used to stand around outside 7-11, drinking Slushees (or is it Slurpees?), giggling about secret fart jokes and checking out hot moms, occasionally asking another patron to buy them a single serve beer. Maybe it’s both. The scene I just described is ostensibly what Clerks was based on. And not greater thought seems to put into the Farrelly’s movies. It just kind of snowballs from an initial concept – just like the idea behind Hall Pass.

Even in the American pantheon of slang, it’d be difficult to, out of context, to figure out what a ‘hall pass’ actually constitutes. Whether or not the Farrelly’s came up with the term and it’s definition – which we’re getting to – kinda doesn’t matter. It’s a decent verbal appropriation.

So, what happens is marriage stinks. It sucks the life out of people – and since this is a Hollywood film – white males seem to get the brunt of the ennui. Rick, as portrayed by Owen Wilson, and Fred, here played by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, each get a free week from their assorted wives to go and do as they please. The funny thing, though, is the fact that the guy’s wives are played by The Office’s Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate. And while being paired off with a single person for better than a decade probably sucks, going home to those faces shouldn’t present a problem. Granted, the chicanery and social stipulations going along with marriage would still suck, but give little reason for new vagina to be sought. Whatever, it’s a movie.

With a week to find some fresh flesh, Rick and Fred head out to Applebee’s – an obvious choice to start the night. While there with a few friends eagerly pushing the pair to legal-infidelity, the just get stuffed on cheap food and sit around, saying there’s still time. It goes on like that for a while as the wives get into some trouble themselves – and by trouble, I mean another dude’s pants. Fischer, though, gets handed some old man baseball player, which seems like a rip off. But that’s how it goes.

All actors involved come off as endearing characters making it difficult to root for anyone. But since the end of the entire feature’s something like moot, having distinct feelings for or against the picture seems like a waste.