I figured I'd try my hand at reviewing a Blu-Ray release for MediaView seeing as I've done a piece for just about everything else on the site (Valkor's Note: Clearly it's not because I made him do it… clearly!). So where do I start my road to media review nirvana? With a little title called Hall Pass starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. The disc was a standard Blu-Ray combo pack with the DVD and digital version all bundled in.
So a quick run down on the movie: Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) are best friends and both have been married for a number of years. Now they're starting to show signs of restlessness and gawking at everything that walks. Their wives are growing more and more tired of the escalating antics that the 2 men create. So under the advice of a mutual friend, they give their husbands a hall pass; essentially a time out from being married for one week. They can do what and who ever they want, no questions will asked. As you can imagine, their first order of business is to get laid. Unfortunately for them, the pick up game of a married man is far less sharp than they envisioned. Hilarity and hijinks ensue.
I honestly went into this film thinking "FML, this is going to be a waste of time" but quickly changed my tune. The humor is total "guy humor", but not watered down so much that I thought it was for idiots and meat heads. It's the same kind of humor you'd find in Hot Tub Time Machine or The Hangover. There are some poop jokes, but they're actually funny because you don't expect them in terms of their timing.
The first half of the movie is slightly painful to watch. I've heard the longer you're married the more your "game" decreases, but damn. This movie makes it seem like men regress to a 15 year old obsessed with trying to get laid, but with no clue on how to talk to a woman. The things they try are down right cliché and pathetic. They run the gamut of everything from cheesy pickup lines to flat out expecting the freshly divorced Leigh (Nicky Whelan) to be hot to trot.
During the week that the boys are free, the wives, Grace (Christina Applegate) and Maggie (Jenna Fischer) are having a week off from marriage as well, somewhere in New England. The major difference is that since they're women, they're not actually trying to get laid, but every guy in a 25 foot radius is still hitting on them.
The second half is where the film really picks up. The boys have run out of dumb tactics and are just being themselves, while in New England the men are closing in on the wives. I'm not going to give anything away, but it is a pleasure to watch the latter half.
Speaking of pleasures to watch, the main focus of Rick's attention during his week of freedom is an Australian girl that works at the local coffee shop. I've only ever met one Australian girl and I must say, God bless that continent. I don't know if it's something in the water or what they're being fed, but whatever it is, it's working.
As a reminder this is a blu ray combo pack, so you'll get the blu ray, DVD, and digital copy of the film to play on whatever media device you choose. Other extras include deleted scenes, gag reels, and links to the official site where you can customize and create a "Hall Pass" of your very own (also you can click teh logo to teh right to enter the official site as well).
All in all, Hall Pass is a fun guy film that merits watching if only to show men what could happen if they let their imaginations run wild with the idea of how easy the single life is after married. I'm giving Hall Pass a firm 4 out of 5 TOV stars.