Bobby and Peter Farrelly return to the multiplexes after a brief hiatus (following their dismal remake of The Heartbreak Kid) with a story about a couple of schmucky guys (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) who think they’ve got it made when their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) give them a week off from marital fidelity. Hall Pass makes effort to position itself within the bromantic movement spawned by Judd Apatow, which makes the movie a throwback of sorts, especially from a gender wars standpoint, which stacks the deck heavily in favor of the husbands (the poor guys simply want to have the right to ogle and flirt in peace).
With judgmental, self-righteous wives hovering over them (although shown to be eager to take advantage of the hall pass themselves), it’s no wonder modern man is so put-upon and diminished in our culture. This is a travesty. Husbands unite or prepare for extinction! Without a doubt audiences will recognize this degree of Neanderthal thinking and stay away because it might actually be contagious. The brothers and their protagonists suffer from terminal cases of arrested development, and it is time to pull the life support. Grade: D
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