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Saturday, January 15, 2011

HALL PASS

By D.E.Levine

Directors: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrlly
Writers: Pete Jones, Peter Farrelly, Kevin Barnett and Bobby Farrelly (screenplay); Pete Jones (story)
Cast: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Nicky Whelan, Richard Jenson, Stephan Merchant, Larry Joe Campbell, Bruce Thomas, Tyler Hoechlin, Derek Waters, Alexandro Daddario, Rob Moran, Lauren Bowles et al.
Producers: Mark Charpentier, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, J.B.Rogers, Bradley Thomas and Charles B. Wessler
Executive Producers: Marc S. Fischer
Co-producers: Kris Meyer and John Rickard
Original Music: Matthew F. Leonetti
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy

What starts out as a movie about two wives giving their husbands freedom to cheat for a week turns out to be a reaffirmation of marriage.

The two wives are tsking the advice of a friend (Joy Behar) who's a successful psychiatrist, that letting her husband pursue other women strengthened her marriage, the two wives decide to give their husbands carte blanche.

Of course, the joke is that two very married men are probably too out of shape for extramarital sex, especially when they're given the okay to have it.

Hall Pass is funny and raunchy, but it's possible to relate to it totally. While it's somewhat crude, it's the type of crudeness that our society accepts.

Two middle-aged men and their friends are facing "middle age" and while they're good at ogling women other than their wives when engaged in their marriage, they aren't very successful at extramarital affairs when their wives give them permission.