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Hall Pass

Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis star in the comedy, which opened on February 25

 

by danny jones

 

       There are a lot of things that make up a good marriage: love, communication, and commitment.

       Usually, allowing adultery isn’t included on the list. But in Hall Pass, they give it a try.

        Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are two men bogged by the routine of marriage. After a couple of events that test the commitments of their spouses, both Rick and Fred are granted “hall passes”: basically two week reprieves from married life. Maggie and Grace (Rick and Fred’s wives, respectively) go on vacation for a week to allow Rick and Fred the freedom to spend their week as single men again.

      Sounds legit, right?

        The shenanigans Rick and Fred get themselves into really provide the comedy punch of the movie. It is made painfully obvious that the benefits of single life don’t come back as easy as Rick and Fred expected them to. It was a funny movie, with funny parts, but we’re not talking The Hangover quality. Wilson always provides a laugh, and Sudeikis successfully delivers in his first starring role. The movie ended with a positive message as well, which made it a rewarding experience. It is rated R for a reason though. Don’t take your little brothers and sisters.

I wouldn’t call it a date movie – it wasn’t a romantic comedy. I wouldn’t call it a bro fest – like I said, it wasn’t The Hangover. But it was a good movie; easily 3 and a half stars.

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