HALL PASS Add To My Top 10
Another Raunchy Voyage with a Heart
Release Date: February 25, 2011
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner bros. Pictures/Time Warner
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Here, they follow the exploits of two average suburban family men, Rick and Fred, who are in long-term marriages, yet bored and constantly ogling other women. Their fed-up wives, Maggie and Grace, are told to give them a “Hall Pass” for one week by a psychiatrist friend. The friend says, if the men have a week off from marriage to behave in any bad manner they choose, they will return to their wives after experiencing the frustrations of single life.
The wives, meanwhile, take a week off together and decide to use a Hall Pass as well, although they intend to refrain from actual infidelity. They just want to flirt.
As the week progresses, the buffoonish behavior of the men’s wanton attempts to futilely exploit their lusts contrasts with the wives’ seemingly innocent flirtations. [spoiler alerts] However, it turns out one wife is the one person who actually cheats. Her decision is portrayed as a grave mistake, which makes her husband realize how awful his behavior and attitude have been. They forgive each other, reconcile and resolve to love and appreciate each other forever.
The other couple’s story has a similar resolution. The husband admits to his wife she’s the only woman he has ever been intimate with and ever will. Thus, the movie strongly affirms monogamy and marriage in the end.
HALL PASS is a very funny movie, but most of its laughs are divorced from morality and faith. Those who can handle bad behavior portrayed comically may appreciate and even enjoy the movie’s inventive, non-stop shenanigans and appealing characters, but the movie’s raunchy content remains excessive, whether or not one laughs at the antics of its characters. HALL PASS ends on a positive note, however, and shows the bad consequences of giving into one’s lustful desires.
HALL PASS is very funny, but most of its laughs are divorced from morality and faith. Those who can handle bad behavior portrayed comically may appreciate and even enjoy the movie’s inventive, non-stop shenanigans and appealing characters, but the movie’s raunchy content is still excessive, whether or not one laughs at the antics performed by the characters. HALL PASS ends on a positive note, however, affirming monogamy and marriage in the final act.