“Hall Pass” Not Too Many Real Laughs

Genres: Comedy and Romance
Release Date: February 25th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use.


Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

JJ Rating: B-

See it again: Nah.
Own it: Nope.
Recommend it to: people that just want to laugh like this. Ha, ha eh.


Good
Christina Applegate is a golden coin with a bunch of pennies.
Some of the supposed to be funny parts were actually very funny.
The end was almost good enough.

Bad
Joy Behar, really? They couldn’t find an actress same age, but funnier? I don’t get it.
Not enough funny.
Nudity - male as funny, female as beautiful -- it gets old.
The end was not good enough.
Marriage in movies is never handled as well as it should be.

Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) both get a hall pass from their wives that let them off marriage for an entire week. Hall Pass.

I remember laughing a lot because I do laugh a lot normally, but my laughter didn’t have meaning. In other words, did I laugh and remember? With Hall Pass the answer is no. Therefore, the laughter was okay. Slightly better than what I expect from Crapuaray. I think I keep spelling that different each time. Oh well.

Christina Applegate is a gem in comedies. She was in that Drew Barrymore one and she’s the only one I really liked in that entire film. That is almost the same for Hall Pass. She was the saving grace. Joy Behar was the what? person of the movie. I don’t get it. Why was she even in it? Total drag.

I don’t recall how crude the language was, but I do know that it wasn’t as bad as a typical rated-R film. The nudity, however, is probably where the R comes into play. It’s a touchy subject with me. I hate nudity because if I want to see nudity I’ll Google it. I can’t really Google great acting. Doesn’t do much but give me crappy opinions. 99% of the time nudity is gratuitous. On top of that (ha, ha) male nudity is always a joke. When was the last time a comedy made fun of women’s breast size? When they were nude? I’m on this women--men social equal kick. Someone is debating me over how that is what is going, when in reality one is treated better than the other. Some will default to men being treated better, but that’s not true if one really looks at the reality and not the emotional BS. I do admit to laughing at the male nudity in Hall Pass because I’m a laugher. Doesn’t mean it’s not still crappy. It’s annoying how people claim there’s social equality when it’s still funny to hit a man in the nuts, but not so funny (though I’d laugh hard) if someone hit’s a woman in the boobs. Yes, it’s funny when a dad gets hit in the balls by a child wielding a bat, but if social equality existed then a woman being hit in the boobs would be just as, if not more so, funny.

On to the next thing that bothered me with this film. The end. How did Hall Pass end? Not good enough. There is a bit after the credits and it is semi-funny, but still not good enough. I expected a bit more from the film.

Eh, I laughed. There are a few times it’s pretty funny, but over all it didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t put it in to cheer me up on a bad day. Not even if that bad day was just me waking up on the wrong side of the bed. And that’s that.

I write like: Cory Doctorow

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